Arkansas Department of Education PSAT/NMSQT Administration Fall 2017

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Superintendents; Principals; Test Coordinator; General Business Manager

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The Arkansas State Board of Education approved providing districts the option to administer PSAT/NMSQT at grade 10 using state at-risk funding as allowed by Act 989.   Any district or charter school may elect to administer this test in addition to the required ACT Aspire in the spring.

Districts that elect to administer PSAT/NMSQT under this approval will agree to administer the test to all students in grade 10 and at no cost to the student.  The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.


The assessment will be funded by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).   The ADE is requesting that the Superintendent in each public school district or charter school with grade 10 complete a short survey indicating whether they will elect to administer PSAT/NMSQT next school year.  The survey may be accessed at the following link:  Please complete the survey by March 17, 2017.  Districts or charter schools that do not reply by March 17 will not be included in the state contract for the 2017-2018 PSAT/NMSQT administration.


This does not impact schools that choose to administer the PSAT/NMSQT to a small number of students in grades 10 and/or 11 at the student’s expense.  These students will not be eligible for this state agreement.


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