Key Milestones

April 2009

State leaders launched the Common Core State Standards Initiative with support from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Representatives from 48 participating states, two territories, and the District of Columbia led the movement.

July 2010

The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. 

July 2011

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education to support strategic communications as well as parent and community engagement in Common Core implementation.

October 2011

Several hundred educators attended a Common Core State Standards Summit held by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) to support teachers and advance the understanding and implementation of Common Core.

2011–2012

Arkansas school districts implemented the Common Core standards for grades K–2.

2012–2013

Arkansas school districts implemented the Common Core standards for grades 3–8.

2013–2014

Arkansas school districts implemented the Common Core standards for grades 9–12.

2015

In March, students in Arkansas, 10 other states, and the District of Columbia participated in the first PARCC assessment

The State of Arkansas launched the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review to assess the Common Core State Standards. The Arkansas Department of Education also invited students, parents, educators, and business leaders to participate in a public review of the standards.

The State of Arkansas announced that the Arkansas State Standards would be released in 2016 to better prepare students for college and the workplace based on feedback from students, parents, educators, and business leaders.