Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Digital Learning Provider Clarification

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Memo Number
LS-21-006
Memo Date
8/9/2020
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Learning Services
Regulatory Authority
Response Required
NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators; General Business Managers; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is providing additional guidance regarding approvals needed with digital learning. Section 6.00 of the Rules Governing Distance and Digital Learning applies to grades K-12.  Note section 6.02, “All distance learning courses shall follow the Arkansas Academic Standards and course frameworks regardless of digital provider,” and section 6.02.1, “Schools may utilize courses from outside the state if the out-of-state provider is approved by the Division before the school offers the courses.”  Approved providers are on the DESE-approved Digital Learning Provider list.  

The table below distinguishes between three types of Digital Learning Courses and identifies whether DESE approval is needed.

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