The Arkansas Department of Education has established the pathways for teachers who must demonstrate Proficiency or Awareness in scientific reading instruction. All teachers employed in a teaching position that requires an elementary education (K-6) license or special education (K-12) license shall demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction by completing both phases of a prescribed pathway. This includes any teacher employed in grades K-6 teaching English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies. Other non-core academic areas in K-6 must show awareness in the Science of Reading (e.g., Art, Music, PE, Library Media, Counselor, Administrators). For more information, visit the Prescribed Pathway Credentials page.
R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities.
In 2017, the first R.I.S.E. Academy was held for K- 2nd grade teachers. This comprehensive reading program incorporated five essential components: phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and, comprehension.To promote the continued growth of the R.I.S.E Arkansas initiative, the Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to recognize the top schools that have successfully implemented these strategies for students. (View images of the award recipients).
The ten schools selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding R.I.S.E. Arkansas School Award are: Anne Watson Elementary, Asbell Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Drew Central Elementary, Flippin Elementary, Midland Elementary, Paris Elementary, Poyen Elementary, SC Tucker Elementary and Scranton Elementary. Learn how these schools are promoting a culture of reading and strengthening reading instruction at 2018 Outstanding R.I.S.E. Arkansas School Award Recipients.
The State Board of Education unanimously approved new elective courses for English language arts December 8, 2016. The English language arts courses will be implemented in the 2017-2018 academic year. All English language arts grades 9-12 courses not on the Arkansas Department of Education website must be aligned to the new Arkansas English Language Arts Standards and submitted for course approval by May 1, 2017. Additionally, any high school courses offered for credit at grades 5-8 must also be submitted for course approval by May 1, 2017. English language arts courses previously submitted for approval will expire June 30, 2017.
All course approval requests will be submitted through the Online Course Approval System. Information about the course approval process may be accessed on the Course Approvals page of the Arkansas Department of Education Website.
A committee of Arkansas English language arts educators revised the existing English language arts courses and developed four new offerings. The additional courses include Creative Writing (2 semesters), Critical Reading II, Debate IV, and Forensics IV.
Districts will develop their own courses for English 9, 10, 11, and 12 based on the new Arkansas English Language Arts Standards that will be fully implemented in 2017-2018.
Questions regarding English language arts courses may be directed to Sherri.Thorne@arkansas.gov or 501-683-6285.
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