The Arkansas K-12 Science Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education, represent the work of educators from across the state. These standards include student performance expectations which are what all students should know and be able to do.
K-4 Science Standards (PDF|DOCX|Google Sheet|XLS)
5-8 Science Standards (PDF|DOCX|Google Sheet|XLS)
Biology - Integrated (PDF|DOCX|Google Sheet|XLS)
Chemistry - Integrated* (PDF|DOCX|Google Sheet|XLS)
Chemistry II* (PDF|DOCX)
Earth Science (PDF|DOCX)
Environmental Science (PDF|DOCX)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (PDF|DOCX)
Physical Science - Integrated* (PDF|DOCX|Google Sheet|XLS)
High School CTE Courses for Science Credit (Arkansas Career Education)
CASE: Animal Science ARCareerEd** - Course Info
CASE: Natural Resources ARCareerEd** - Course Info
CASE: Plant Science ARCareerEd** - Course Info
Chemistry of Food ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Aerospace Engineering* ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Human Body Systems ARCareerEd** - Course Info
PLTW: Principles of Engineering* ARCareerEd** - Course Info
* denotes courses that ADE designates as an approved physical science credit
**ADE approved ARCareerEd Courses listed do not require a science licensure to award science credit; see the CCMS for licensure requirements.
**ADE approved ARCareerEd Courses listed cannot be used to meet the science course requirements under the Arkansas Thirty-Eight Required High-School Courses; they can be used to meet the Career Education requirements.
**ARCareerEd Career and Technical Program of Study requirements apply, including any course prerequisites.
All Arkansas students must earn 3 science credits to graduate:
- a course approved by ADE as a biology credit (1 credit)
- a course approved by ADE as a physical science credit (1 credit)
- a third course approved by ADE for science credit or Computer Science Flex credit (1 credit)
Accelerated Science Course Pathway
The Arkansas Accelerated Science Course Pathway provides an option for students to meet the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards at a more rapid pace. This option is for students who have demonstrated advanced academic proficiency in the prerequisite courses and who intend to pursue a specific college and career pathway beyond high school. If this optional pathway is implemented, it is recommended that students concurrently earn an Algebra I and Physical Science - Integrated credit. A course approval is required for all high school courses taught in grades 5-8. These are supporting documents to be used in companionship with the published Arkansas K-12 Science Standards above and are intended as resources for schools to use to implement an accelerated science curriculum.
A.S.C.P. Grade 6 (PDF|DOCX)
A.S.C.P. Grade 7 (PDF|DOCX)
A.S.C.P. Physical Science - Integrated in Grade 8 (PDF|DOCX)
A.S.C.P. Biology - Integrated (PDF|DOCX)
A.S.C.P. Chemistry - Integrated (PDF|DOCX)
6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Standards Resource for Science (PDF|DOCX)
For more information, please contact:
Science Program Manager
Science Program Advisor
State Science Specialist