Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Communications Toolkit Regarding Spring Assessments

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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Test Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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A District Communication Toolkit to help families understand the importance of spring summative testing has been developed by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  These informational resources/templates are intended to help district officials communicate information about spring testing.


Key messages pertaining to Spring Testing:

  • State summative assessments will be administered on-site for all students in the spring of 2021. 
  • It is essential to conduct spring testing to determine our students’ learning needs relative to acceleration, intervention, enrichment, and remediation.
  • Districts are designing safe testing options and have expanded flexibility in testing windows, group size, location, and schedules. 


Overview for Districts: Should Arkansas Test in Spring 2021?

Link to the complete Toolkit:


For additional information and communication resources, please reach out to District Testing Coordinators and Family Engagement Coordinators.

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