The Arkansas 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 at 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 May 3, 2021, to June 2, 2021, on the DESE Special Education website under Curriculum and Assessment.  A digital copy of the waiver extension request may be obtained 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) by emailing them to Robin Stripling ( Written comments will be accepted from May 3, 2021, to June 2, 2021.

Arkansas Alternate Assessment Waiver Request


Every student attending an Arkansas public school shall participate in the statewide program of educational assessments required in Act 930 of 2017 and established by the State Board.

The assessments administered to Arkansas students are detailed below.



Requests for individual test results in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, alternate language) should be directed to the local school/district.  Districts that are unable to accommodate requests locally should contact the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Student Assessment Unit at 501-682-4558.

To protect student information, all reports in alternative formats will be provided to the local school/district for dissemination to parents/guardians.


Los resultados de exámenes individuales se pueden solicitar en formatos alternativos (tales como Braille, letra grande o idiomas alternativos), dirigiéndose a la escuela o distrito escolar local. Los distritos que no puedan atender las solicitudes a nivel local deben comunicarse con la Unidad de Evaluación de Estudiantes (Student Assessment Unit, en inglés) de la División de Educación Primaria y Secundaria de Arkansas (Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, en inglés) al 501-682-4558. 

Para asegurar la protección de los datos de los estudiantes, todos los informes en formatos alternativos se proporcionarán solamente a la escuela o distrito local, para que éstos los distribuyan a los padres o tutores.

Effective Date: September 1, 2014

Revised Date: February 16, 2021

For more information, please contact:

Sheree Baird, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Student Assessment
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 683-0902
Fax: (501) 682-4886