Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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K-2 Assessment

Arkansas law (Act 930 of 2017) requires the administration of a developmentally appropriate measurement or assessment for kindergarten through grade two (K-2) in literacy and mathematics. To meet this requirement, while providing districts some flexibility, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, each district will be able to select the assessment that best meets the needs of their K-2 students. School districts will be allowed to choose from a list of state approved assessments for their K-2 students.

The four K-2 assessments are:

  • Istation: ISIP
  • NWEA: MAP Growth
  • Renaissance: Star
  • Curriculum Associates: i-Ready 

ADE will fund each district’s chosen assessment including all services and deliverables that are listed in the state contract. Each district has committed to one of the above assessments for at least three years.


Purpose of the K-2 assessments

Each of the K-2 assessments is intended to be administered at least 3 times during the school year so that educators can make data driven instructional decisions. This will help inform teachers of students that require remediation, intervention and/or enrichment. Each test is an adaptive type test, and students are not expected to know all of the test items.

Please refer to the Student Assessment LiveBinder for more information regarding the three state approved assessments for K-2.

For more information, please contact:

Sheree Baird
Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Student Assessment
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 683-0902
Fax: (501) 682-4886

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