Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education


1% Alternate Assessment Threshold

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver extension of 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(2), which limits the total number of students assessed in a subject area using an alternate assessment to no more than one percent (1%) of the total number of students assessed in the state.

The proposed waiver extension request will be available for review from Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to Friday, June 12, 2020. The waiver extension request may be reviewed clicking on the link below or by emailing Robin Stripling at Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver pursuant to 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(4). Written comments will be accepted from Tuesday, May 12, 2020, to Friday, June 12, 2020. Please email comments to Robin Stripling at


DESE Assessment Resources

DESE Assessment Calendar

DESE Assessment Livebinder

Arkansas Alternate Assessment Participation Manual 2020-21

Arkansas Alternate Assessment Participation Checklist 2020-21

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