Curriculum & Assessment

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

About Us

The curriculum and assessment section provides guidance to local education agencies on special education curriculum development and statewide assessment guidelines. This section offers resources on developing standards-based Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and information on assessment options and accommodations.

The Special Education Unit works collaboratively with other units within the Arkansas Department of Education to improve performance on statewide accountability measures and the Arkansas Academic Standards.

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For more information, please contact:

Robin Stripling
Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4221
Fax: 501-682-5159