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Foundations of Reading (190)

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Effective December 1, 2021, all candidates will be required to wear a face mask while inside a Pearson VUE owned and operated testing center. If you are testing at a Pearson VUE partner center that also requires masks, you are expected to comply. Different test centers may have different mask policies. If you have any questions about the mask policy at a specific location, contact the test center directly. Candidates who are unwilling to comply with mask requirements at a test center will be refused testing. Refunds will not be issued.

The State Board of Education adopted the Foundations of Reading assessment for Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12) licensure. This test complies with Act 416 of 2017 that requires a person applying in those two licensure areas to pass a stand-alone assessment of the essential components of beginning reading instruction based on the science of reading.  For more information on the Foundations of Reading assessment including Arkansas cut score, visit the Arkansas Reading Assessment website or consult your educator preparation provider.

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Licensure Assessment Ready

For more information visit Licensure Assessment Ready.

District and Building Administrator Licensure Assessments

Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops and produces the School Leadership Series Assessments. The School Leadership Series provides fair and valid assessments for states to use as part of the licensure process for principals, superintendents and school leaders. SLS comprises the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA).

The licensure test for district level administers in Arkansas is:

For building level and curriculum/program administrator licensure, the test is:

Praxis Assessments

Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops and produces the Praxis Series Assessments. These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills for beginning educators.

If you test in Arkansas, your score report will be sent automatically to the Arkansas Department of Education. If you test outside of Arkansas, select the Arkansas Department of Education (state code 7031) as a score recipient when you register or when you request an additional score report. 

For information about the Praxis Series Assessments and Arkansas educator licensure requirements, including test codes and Arkansas cut scores, visit Arkansas Testing Requirements. Information on testing fees, dates, and test center locations is available on the ETS website.

Online Teaching Assessment 

The Online Teaching Assessment is an evidence-based performance assessment designed for candidates seeking to add the online teaching endorsement to an Arkansas educator license. The online teaching endorsement is an exception area endorsement and requires an approved program of study along with this assessment. See Online Teaching Endorsement approved programs: (pdf)


For more information, please contact:

Michael K. Rowland, Educator Preparation Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Educator Effectiveness/Licensure
4 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-682-1146
Fax: 501-682-5118