Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2022-2023 Final Testing Calendar

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The final testing dates for the 2022–2023 school year have been set.  The attached calendar includes the required assessments at grades K–12.  All state testing must take place during these dates.

ACT - All students in grade 11 must be given the opportunity to take the ACT.  Each district must choose one of the two windows in which to conduct initial cohort testing. There are two initial cohort test windows for the ACT at grade 11 in spring of 2023.  In the fall of 2022, the DTC will complete a survey indicating the preferred administration window and delivery format.  The third test window is for make-up testing only.

ACT WorkKeys - All students in grades 10, 11, and 12 must be given the opportunity to take a single administration of each of the three WorkKeys subtests (Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents) before they graduate.   The WorkKeys assessment may lead to a student earning a National Career Readiness Certificate.  An NCRC measures workplace skills and is recognized by numerous employers across the nation.  

ELPA21 - The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) system will provide information to inform instruction so that all English language learners (ELLs) leave high school prepared for college and career success.

Alt ELPA - The new Alt ELPA will be provided for ELs who have the most significant cognitive disabilities.  

ACT Aspire - Arkansas students in grades 3-10 will be administered the ACT Aspire in the content areas of reading, math, writing, English, and science. 

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM),the  alternate assessment will be administered to qualifying students in each grade 3-10 throughout the year.  DLM Math and ELA are required in both the fall and spring windows.   DLM Science is required during the spring window for accountability purposes. The fall window for science is optional; however, it is recommended that students be given the opportunity to take the science testlets during the fall window.  

K-2 - All districts will continue to administer their current K-2 assessments through 2022-2023 and the 2023-2024 school years.  

For additional information, please contact Sheree Baird, Office of Student Assessment, Arkansas Department of Education at (501) 682-4558. 

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