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The Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) encompasses the state's Smart Start Initiative, which focuses on Grades K-4; the state's Smart Step Initiative, which focuses on Grades 5-8; and education for Grades 9-12.ACTAAP represents the culmination of extensive planning and discussion by Arkansas educators, policy makers, and school patrons. The authority to implement ACTAAP is established in legislation by Act 999 of 1999. ACTAAP is a comprehensive system that focuses on high academic standards, professional development, student assessment, and accountability for schools. The focus of ACTAAP is to improve student learning and classroom instruction; provide accountability by establishing expected achievement levels and reporting on student achievement; provide program evaluation data; and assist policymakers in the decision-making process.Source: ACTAAP, Arkansas Dept of Education
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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics