ERIC Number: ED468750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, & Accountability Program.
Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.
This document describes the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP), which includes the Smart Start initiative for grades K through 4 and the Smart Step initiative for grades 5 through 8, as well as assessments for high schools. As it encourages educational improvement, the ACTAAP fulfills the requirements of various Arkansas statutes. The ACTAAP consists of four main components, each of which is described: (1) academic standards defining what students show know and be able to do; (2) professional development, planned research-based learning activities for teachers and administrators; (3) student assessment that includes criterion-referenced and norm-referenced tests; and (4) accountability through a comprehensive, focused process. Each public school in Arkansas will have a school performance report to provide parents and the public with data on which to evaluate their schools and provide benchmarks for measuring school improvement. This report also outlines the school improvement planning process, the rewards that recognize schools that demonstrate and maintain high performance, and the sanctions for low achievement. Accountability indicators and trend goals are also described. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, State Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Testing Programs
For full text: http://www.arkedu.state.ar.us/actaap.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas