Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education State-funded PSAT/NMSQT Fall 2021

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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 of 2015.  Any public Arkansas district or charter school may elect to administer this test in the fall 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 able to test in grade 10 and at no cost to the student. The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on the primary date of October 13, 2021, and the make-up date of October 27, 2021.  The assessment will be funded by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

DESE respectfully requests that the superintendent or his/her designee in each public school district or charter school that serves grade 10 complete a short survey indicating whether the district will elect to administer PSAT/NMSQT in the 2021-22 school year.  The survey may be accessed here.

Please complete only one survey per district by April 23, 2021.  Districts or charter schools that do not reply by the close of business on April 23rd will not be included in the state contract for the 2021-22 PSAT/NMSQT administration. 

The state contract 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.  Students in grade 11 are not eligible for this administration.




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