Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Science Standards and Courses

 
 
The Arkansas K-12 Science Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education, represent the work of educators from across the state. These standards include student performance expectations which are what all students should know and be able to do. 
 

Grades K-8

K-4 Science Standards Topic Arrangement 
PDF / DOCX )

5-8 Science Standards Topic Arrangement
PDF / DOCX )

High School

Biology - Integrated
PDF / DOCX )
Chemistry - Integrated*
PDF / DOCX )
Physical Science - Integrated*
PDF / DOCX )
Astronomy
PDF / DOCX )
Chemistry II
PDF / DOCX )
Earth Science
PDF / DOCX )
Environmental Science
PDF / DOCX )
Human Anatomy and Physiology
PDF / DOCX )
Physics
PDF / DOCX )
Chemistry of Food
ARCareerEd** - Course Info

CASE: Animal Science
ARCareerEd** - Course Info

CASE: Natural Resources
ARCareerEd** - Course Info
CASE: Plant Science
ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Aerospace Engineering*
ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Human Body Systems
ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Principles of Engineering*
ARCareerEd** - Course Info
   

denotes courses that ADE designates as an approved physical science credit

**ADE approved ARCareerEd Courses listed do not require a science licensure to award science credit; see the CCMS for licensure requirements.

**ADE approved ARCareerEd Courses listed cannot be used to meet the science course requirements under the Arkansas Thirty-Eight Required High-School Courses; they can be used to meet the Career Education requirements.

**ARCareerEd Career and Technical Program of Study requirements apply, including any course prerequisites. 

 
All Arkansas students must earn 3 science credits to graduate:
  • a course approved by ADE as a biology credit (1 credit)
  • a course approved by ADE as a physical science credit (1 credit)
  • a third course approved by ADE for science credit or Computer Science Flex credit (1 credit)

6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Standards Resource for Science 

PDF / DOCX )

Accelerated Science Course Pathway

The Arkansas Accelerated Science Course Pathway provides an option for students to meet the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards at a more rapid pace. This option is for students who have demonstrated advanced academic proficiency in the prerequisite courses and who intend to pursue a specific college and career pathway beyond high school. If this optional pathway is implemented, it is recommended that students concurrently earn an Algebra I and Physical Science - Integrated credit. A course approval is required for all high school courses taught in grades 5-8. These are supporting documents to be used in companionship with the published Arkansas K-12 Science Standards above and are intended as resources for schools to use to implement an accelerated science curriculum.
 
 
Accelerated Science Course Pathway for Grade 6
PDF / DOCX )
Accelerated Science Course Pathway for Grade 7
PDF / DOCX )
Accelerated Science Course Pathway for
Physical Science - Integrated in Grade 8 

PDF / DOCX )
Accelerated Science Course Pathway for
Biology - Integrated

PDF / DOCX )
Accelerated Science Course Pathway for
Chemistry - Integrated

PDF / DOCX )
 

 

For more information, please contact:

 
Dr. Brooke Butler
Policy Development Coordinator
501-682-0676
 
Science Program Manager
501-682-7942
 
Stem Integration Specialist
501-682-0668 
State Science Specialist 
501-682-5764
 
State Science Specialist 
 
Science Program Advisor
501-324-9684
 

 

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