Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Social Studies

According to the National Council for the Social Studies, “The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world” (NCSS, What is Social Studies). 
A foundation in social studies education prepares students for success in college, career, and community. Standards and courses require students to select and evaluate sources of information, draw and build upon ideas, explore issues, examine data, and analyze events from the full range of human experience to develop critical thinking skills essential for productive citizens.
This page provides links to current state social studies standards, resources for lessons, and information regarding opportunities for teachers and students, the Arkansas Civics Exam, and Community Service Learning. 

Standards and Courses

Professional Development


Programs and Opportunities

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Starkey, Social Studies Specialist
Curriculum Support
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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