Arkansas
Accelerated Learning Options in High School

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Competency-Based Credit

State policy does not permit credit by examination or proficiency-based promotion in high school.

The College Level Exam Program (CLEP) allows students to receive college credit for successful completion of CLEP assessments. Postsecondary institutions determine the amount of credit awarded. 

Career and Technical Education

Arkansas Career and Technical Education (CTE) has partnered with Advance CTE to expand and improve its CTE program. Arkansas’ s CTE program aligns with the national 16 career cluster model. CTE completers are identified as students who have completed three credit units of CTE courses in high school. Arkansas public schools are required to offer nine units of career and technical education, and must provide students access to a minimum of one career focus program in three different occupational clusters.

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

High school students may enroll in college courses and earn high school and college credit for their work. Students in grade 12 who possess at least an ACT sub-score of 17 in English, reading, or mathematics may enroll in remedial/developmental courses at a postsecondary institution. College-level concurrent enrollment students must meet the postsecondary institution’s admissions requirements as well as have a signed parent release to be able to enroll in classes. Some concurrent course offerings are blended with Advanced Placement courses, and require the completion of an AP exam. National school lunch program students are not required to pay any of the cost for such courses up to six credit hours. Students and families bear the cost of concurrent enrollment, unless the costs are paid by the district or a private foundation.

Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate

The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program, created with the passing of Senate Bill 509 in 2013, provides state grant funding to support Advanced Placement initiatives already operating in the state. The program encourages the advancement of AP teachers and programs by providing mentorship, training, materials and resources while also increasing the number of students enrolling and performing well in AP programs.

Advanced Placement courses allow students to earn college credit and/or weighted credit in high school. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP exams receive the AP Capstone Diploma, while students who earn a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

Early High School Graduation

Arkansas Code 6-18-224 allows students to graduate early if they have earned the number of credits required by the district for graduation.