Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Social Studies Standards and Courses

The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted Social Studies Standards and Courses to represent the work of educators from across the state. These documents include expectations for what all students should know and be able to do. 

K-8 Standards

K-4 Standards (PDF/DOCX)

5-6 Standards (PDF/DOCX)

Grade 7 Standards (PDF/DOCX)

Grade 8 Standards (PDF/DOCX)

Arkansas History (Grades 7-8) (PDF/DOCX)
   • Arkansas History Grades 7-8 Teacher Resource Guide

High School Standards

African-American History (PDF/DOCX)

Arkansas History (Grades 9-12) (PDF/DOCX)

Civics (PDF/DOCX)

Economics (PDF/DOCX)

Personal Finance (PDF/DOCX)

Psychology (PDF/DOCX)

Sociology (PDF/DOCX)

United States Government (PDF/DOCX)

United States History Since 1890 (PDF/DOCX)

World Geography (PDF/DOCX)

World History Since 1450 (PDF/DOCX)

Personal Finance Standards and Courses

The Arkansas State Board of Education has approved the necessary personal finance standards to meet the requirements of Act 480 and Act 466.  Beginning with the freshmen class of 2017-18, these acts require students to complete a course that includes specific personal finance standards in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12.  The link above includes information on approved courses and professional development opportunities and resources available to teachers.

Disciplinary Literacy (Grades 6-12)

The following document contains the Arkansas Reading and Writing Standards for History/Social Studies in grade bands 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.  After each of the reading and writing content standard titles (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Text Types and Purposes), and grade-band expectations, are teacher notes that provide guidance to social studies teachers when integrating the literacy standards with the content being taught.

Grades 6-12 Arkansas Disciplinary Literacy Standards Resource for History/Social Studies (PDF/DOCX)

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 303-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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