Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Student Success Plans, Academic Improvement Plans, Intensive Reading Instruction and Arkansas Student Intervention System

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Research & Technology
Regulatory Authority
Act 930 of 2017 and Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-15-2004, as amended by Act 936 of 2017
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Superintendents; Principals; Technology Coordinator; Test Coordinator

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With the passing of Act 930 of 2017, effective August 1, and the transformation of Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs) are no longer required.


As the state transitions to a Student Focused Learning System, school districts should begin to evaluate their current practices to determine how best to meet the needs of all students, acknowledging their academic, personal and career aspirations. Schools should use multiple measures to determine the individual needs of a student.


Student Success Plans


Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, school districts will develop student success plans for students by the end of 8th grade. This plan is a personalized education plan intended to assist students with achieving readiness for college, career, and community engagement.  The student success plan shall guide the student along the pathway to graduation, address accelerated learning opportunities, address academic deficits and interventions, and include college and career planning components.


ADE will be seeking input from educators in the modification of existing or creation of new systems to support the personalized learning of every student. If you are a school or district that has implemented procedures similar to Student Success Plans and would like to share your success or offer input into future support, please contact Ray Girdler at


Academic Improvement Plans and ASIS


Although AIPs are no longer required, districts are encouraged to continue the process of evaluating summative assessment scores with other academic measures to determine if additional support is needed for a student. Many districts currently use the Arkansas Student Intervention System (ASIS) for creation and storage of AIPs as part of their Response to Intervention (RTI). ADE is committed to providing data systems to support the work of schools. The ASIS system will remain active for use and districts may continue to create individual student plans. Additionally, the ASIS system has been enhanced to allow the creation of IRI's for 3rd grade students. For assistance on using ASIS, contact Ray Girdler at


Intensive Reading Instruction (IRI) -  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2004(a)(2)


Any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading based upon statewide assessments in grades kindergarten through grade 2 or teacher observation shall be given Intensive Reading Instruction based on the science of reading. The ASIS system will continue to be available for districts to use to create Intensive Reading Instruction plans for identified students. Students in grade 2 who did not meet the established scale score of 135 on the Spring 2017 Iowa in reading will need to be considered for an IRI. Additionally, students in grade 3 who did not meet the established scale score of 149 on the Spring 2017 Iowa in reading will need to be considered for an IRI. Other assessment data should be considered when determining the instructional needs of the student including dyslexia screeners and the new K-2 assessment.


Beginning with the fall administration of the new K-2 assessments, school personnel should use the results from their selected assessment as part of the process to identify students with a reading deficiency.


2017-18 K-2 Assessment

Fall Score for Consideration of IRI


Tier 3 (20th percentile and lower)


20th percentile or lower


Intervention and Urgent Intervention levels (25th percentile and lower)


More information may be found on the ADE webpage or please contact Sheree Baird at for K-2 assessment information or Vicki King at for dyslexia information.








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