ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-010

Date Created : 07/23/2009


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
other: Curriculum Coordinators
Social Studies Teachers
Business Teachers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Economics Framework Revised 2006 and Amended June 2009

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Sheree Baird

Phone Number:


The State Board of Education approved the Amended Economics Social Studies Curriculum Framework on July 13, 2009. The amended framework is now posted on the Arkansas Department of Education Web site and is titled, ECONOMICS SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK REVISED 2006 AMENDED JUNE 2009. This document supercedes previous revisions. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, one-half (1/2) unit of economics is required for graduation and may be counted toward the required three (3) social studies credits or toward the six (6) required career focus elective credits. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed social studies teacher, credit may be applied to meet graduation requirements in social studies or toward the career focus electives. If the course is taught by an appropriately licensed business education teacher, graduation credit can only be applied toward career focus requirements. All instruction in the area of economics shall be aligned with the amended framework. The entire Social Studies Curriculum Framework containing the recently amended economics course may be accessed at

Further questions may be directed to Sheree K. Baird, Social Studies Specialist, at 501-683-0902 or; Maggie Herrick, Social Studies Specialist, at 501-683-0894 or; or Taniesa Moore, Social Studies Specialist, at 501-683-0906 or


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