Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Computer Science - High-School Computer Science Bonus Program for 2021-2022

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Memo Number
COM-21-079
Memo Date
2/2/2021
Memo Type
Informational
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Central Administration
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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to release informational updates to the Arkansas High School Computer Science Teacher Endorsement and Instruction Bonus Program.

Under this program, any Arkansas High-School Computer Science Educator who holds the 528 Computer Science Endorsement on his/her Arkansas Educator’s License and is the teacher of record of an ADE approved high-school computer science course (465XXX or 565XXX) that has at least 2% of the total high-school (9-12) student population, or 10 students, enrolled is eligible for up to $10,000 in bonuses over five years, up to $2,000.00 per year.

For the first year an Arkansas High-School Computer Science Educator: 

  • who holds the 528 Computer Science Endorsement on their Arkansas Educator’s License is eligible for a $300.00 bonus,
  • who holds the 528 Computer Science endorsement and is the teacher of record for an approved high-school computer science course (465XXX or 565XXX) that has at least 2% of the total high-school (9-12) student population, or 10 students, enrolled in the fall semester is eligible for a $850.00 bonus, and
  • who holds the 528 Computer Science endorsement and is the teacher of record for an approved high-school computer science course (465XXX or 565XXX) that has at least 2% of the total high-school (9-12) student population, or 10 students, enrolled in the spring semester is eligible for a $850.00 bonus,

For years 2 - 5 an Arkansas High-School Computer Science Educator: 

  • who holds the 528 Computer Science endorsement and is the teacher of record for an approved high-school computer science course (465XXX or 565XXX) that has at least 2% of the total high-school (9-12) student population, or 10 students, enrolled in the fall semester is eligible for a $1,000.00 bonus, and
  • who holds the 528 Computer Science endorsement and is the teacher of record for an approved high-school computer science course (465XXX or 565XXX) that has at least 2% of the total high-school (9-12) student population, or 10 students,  enrolled in the spring semester is eligible for a $1,000.00 bonus,

Applications for bonus payments for years prior to the 2021-2022 school year will no longer be accepted after June 30, 2021.


To apply for the Arkansas High School Computer Science Teacher Endorsement and Instruction Bonus Program payment, educators must complete the application found at: http://bit.ly/HSCSforARBonus


The bonus applicant may be required to upload a single PDF that contains documentation that demonstrates completion of the requirements of the bonus being sought (http://bit.ly/2ojPLYb).


All future bonus payments will be made in accordance with ADE Commissioner's Memo COM-20-097, released on March 6, 2020.


Educators receiving any of these bonuses are not disqualified from 5652 PRAXIS reimbursement.


Funding for this bonus program is provided by the ADE as part of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Computer Science Initiative. The bonus program is subject to the availability of funding and allowable appropriation of funds. The program may be canceled, and amounts awarded under the program are subject to change, with or without advanced notice at the discretion of ADE.

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