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Commissioner of Education Johnny Key serves on the PARCC Governing Board. Hope Allen, the Director of Assessment at the Arkansas Department of Education, serves as the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Arkansas. Sen. Shane Broadway, Interim Executive Director at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Cynthia Moten, Associate Director of Academic Affairs at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.

Arkansas Commitment to Higher Standards

Arkansas has been active in the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network Since 2005, aligning its standards and graduation requirements with the expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the fall of 2010. K-12 and higher education leaders in Arkansas helped to shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Arkansas' public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.

Arkansas’ college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Arkansas, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.

See a full list of participating institutions here.

Arkansas State Resources

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