Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas Civics Exam

A.C.A. § 6-16-149 requires students seeking a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma to pass the Arkansas Civics Exam with a score of 60% or better.  This requirement begins with the 2018-2019 school year.

Arkansas Civics Exam Study Guide (Revised January 9, 2019)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers a copy of the questions in PDF form on their website.

Tutorial Videos

Video for Registrar of Civics Exam

Video for Teachers of Civics Exam

ADE Commissioner's Memo LS-19-018: Arkansas Civics Exam Information

Policy Document

This document provides information about test administration, format, requirements, and more.

Accessing the Arkansas Civics Exam Portal

The Arkansas Civics Exam Portal provides access to the online exam, and includes information about submitting rosters, transfer students, and FAQs for students and teachers.

Information for Registrars

How to mark your students as "Not Applicable" for the Civics Exam.

Marking "Not Applicable" information: Some districts thought that all students who participate in the alternate assessment are automatically excluded from the Civics Exam requirement.  That is not the case.  The AR Civics Exam Policy Document states that,  “A student may be excluded based on their IEP if the IEP team determines there are not sufficient accommodations for the student to access the assessment.”  If an IEP team makes this determination, the decision must be documented on the IEP.  The decision could be documented in the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) section.  Once the information is documented on the student’s IEP, NA will need to be indicated in Moodle.  Instructions for documenting may be found here.

Instructions for accessing Completion Status Report in Triand.

How to Submit Roster Information

Each district will assign a Civics Exam Coordinator for each 9-12 building where the exam will be administered.  Once identified by the district, the coordinator will receive information on how to register students in the online system.

Training and Support from Team Digital

For training and support regarding the online system, please contact Team Digital:

(870) 367-4866

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ernie Huff
Information Systems Coordinator

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Student Assessment
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-683-4228
Fax: 501-682-4886

Melissa Starkey
Social Studies Specialist, Curriculum Support

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 303-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-682-6584


State Standards

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