Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education ATLAS and School Letter Grade Standard Setting Volunteers

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Assistant Principal; Assistant Superintendent; Curriculum Coordinators; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Educator Effectiveness System Coordinator; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Federal Programs; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; Principals; School Counselors; Superintendents; Teachers; Techstart Coordinators or Contact Name; Test Coordinators

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The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is currently seeking volunteers to serve on standard setting committees for both the Arkansas Teaching and Learning Assessment System (ATLAS) and the Arkansas Educational Support and Accountability Act (AESAA). A standard setting occurs when a statewide assessment or accountability plan is created or revised. Standard setting is a multi-step process where a diverse panel of Arkansas educators establish descriptions of each performance level and make recommendations for the cut scores necessary to be classified into each level. 

During the summer and fall of 2024 DESE will host the following standard setting meetings for which volunteers are needed:




Educators Needed

ATLAS Science Standard Setting

July 16 -18 2024

(8 AM to 5 PM daily)

Teachers, curriculum leaders and administrators from grades 3-8 science and Biology 

ATLAS ELA and Math Standard Setting

July 30 - August 1, 2024 

(8 AM to 5 PM daily)

Teachers, curriculum leaders and administrators from grades K-10 ELA, K-8 math, Algebra 1 and Geometry

ATLAS K-HS Policy Review of Standard Setting

        Thursday, August 15, 2024     (8 AM to 5 PM)

Building and district leaders

A to F Standard Setting

November or December 2024 

(Exact dates TBD)

Teachers, curriculum leaders and administrators from Elementary, Middle and High Schools


If you would like to be considered to serve on any of the aforementioned committees please submit your information at:

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