Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education School Superintendent Assessment (6991) for District Level Licensure

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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators; General Business Managers; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; School Counselors; Techstart Coordinators or Contact Name; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Child Nutrition Directors/Managers; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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At its July 11, 2019, meeting, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the School Superintendent Assessment (6991) with a cut score of 157 to replace the current SSA (6021) effective September 1, 2020.  The SSA (6021) will remain the district level licensure assessment until this date.  The September 1, 2020, start date is to allow administrator preparation programs at Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to update their programs of study.


On April 17, 2019, in Little Rock, a representative from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Department facilitated a state review of the new SSA (6991). Arkansas administrator preparation faculty and public school administrators reviewed a copy of the 6991 as well as data from a multi-state standard setting study. The consensus from state review participants was to recommend a cut score of 157.


For educator licensure questions, contact David Baca, Educator Licensure Program Coordinator, For test questions, contact Michael Rowland, Educator Preparation Program Advisor, 


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