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Foundations of Reading

IMPORTANT UPDATE 7/20/2021 from Pearson Education, Foundations of Reading (090)

Effective August 23, 2021, the current version of the FoR test (090) will be replaced by a redeveloped version that will be administered beginning August 23, 2021. The redeveloped version will be administered under a new test code (190). 

If you are currently scheduled to take the current version (090) of the FoR on or after August 23, 2021, Pearson will contact you to reschedule your appointment to occur before August 23, 2021.

If you wish to take the current version of the FoR (090), you must log into your account at to reschedule your appointment for a date on or before August 22, 2021. You may also choose to withdraw your registration and receive a full refund.

If you do not log into your account to reschedule your appointment to occur on or before August 22, 2021, your registration will automatically be withdrawn, and any testing appointments will be canceled. You will receive a refund of your paid test fee, which can be used towards a new registration for the redeveloped Foundations of Reading (field 190).

If you have general questions or concerns regarding your registration, please call Customer Support at: 
(413) 256-2867 or (866) 565-4880 (toll free) Mon–Fri: 8 a.m.–4 p.m., central standard time, excluding holidays.

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.

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