Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Is there a state law requiring that the Department develop and implement state assessments?

Yes. The law is Act 999 of 1999, also known as the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program Act. The law states that the purpose of the legislation "is to provide the statutory framework necessary to ensure that all students in the public schools of this state demonstrate grade-level academic proficiency through the application of knowledge and skills in the core academic subjects consistent with state curriculum frameworks, performance standards, and assessments."

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