Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

Nine pathways that combine college-ready academics with hands-on, project-based assignments that spark students’ learning and interest in STEM careers. Each four-course AC pathway prepares students for advanced industry credentials and two- and four-year postsecondary credentials and degrees.

Arkansas schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

  • Innovations in Science and Technology: 1 school
  • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
  • Teachers trained to date: 2>

Making Schools Work

A school improvement process developed by SREB that engages K-12 educators and school leaders in identifying and studying problems of practice, implementing research-based solutions to those problems, and learning within a collaborative network of schools. Schools adopt Making Schools Work through designs for middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

Arkansas is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

Advisory Council Member: Charisse Childers, state CTE director, Arkansas Department of Career Education

State Coordinator: Tim Johnston, CTE coordinator to the deputy director at Arkansas Career Education

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB to implement Making Schools Work and receive targeted school improvement services such as professional development, instructional coaching and technical assistance.

Eight Arkansas districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

SREB will deliver nine days of on-site coaching and six days of on-site professional development in these districts.

Five Arkansas technology centers contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.>

Readiness Courses

Ready for High School Courses

Courses that help eighth- and ninth-graders master the literacy and math skills they need to complete a college-ready academic core and pursue challenging career pathway programs in high school. Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math can be offered in the eighth or ninth grades.

Number of Arkansas teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
Ready for High School Math: 2

Ready for College Courses

Courses that help juniors and seniors master literacy and math skills before they transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workplace. In Literacy Ready, seniors develop and defend ideas from texts in diverse subject areas and write about those texts at a college level. Math Ready develops critical thinking and math reasoning skills and engages seniors in applying math to solve real-world problems.

Number of Arkansas teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
Literacy Ready: 34
Math Ready: 39

Readiness Course Awards

President’s Readiness Trailblazer
Stacy Smith, Arkansas Department of Education

Stacy Smith, assistant commissioner of learning services at the Arkansas Department of Education, won the President’s Readiness Trailblazer Award in July 2018.>