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The State Board of Education unanimously approved new elective courses for English language arts December 8, 2016. The English language arts courses will be implemented in the 2017-2018 academic year. All English language arts grades 9-12 courses not on the Arkansas Department of Education website must be aligned to the new Arkansas English Language Arts Standards and submitted for course approval by May 1, 2017. Additionally, any high school courses offered for credit at grades 5-8 must also be submitted for course approval by May 1, 2017. English language arts courses previously submitted for approval will expire June 30, 2017.
All course approval requests will be submitted through the Online Course Approval System. Information about the course approval process may be accessed on the Course Approvals page of the Arkansas Department of Education Website.
A committee of Arkansas English language arts educators revised the existing English language arts courses and developed four new offerings. The additional courses include Creative Writing (2 semesters), Critical Reading II, Debate IV, and Forensics IV.
Districts will develop their own courses for English 9, 10, 11, and 12 based on the new Arkansas English Language Arts Standards that will be fully implemented in 2017-2018.
Questions regarding English language arts courses may be directed to Sherri.Thorne@arkansas.gov or 501-683-6285.
To access the new courses, go to the English Language Arts page.