ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-207

Date Created : 06/09/2010


Co-op Directors
High School Principals
other: High School Counselors

Type of Memo: Administrative
Response Required: No
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell, Commissioner
AP Biology and Smart Core Requirements

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell

Phone Number:


A review of the College Board’s recommendations and requirements for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including AP Biology, has recently been conducted at the Arkansas Department of Education. According to page four of the College Board’s AP Biology Course Description, the College Board has designed AP Biology as a course “ be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry as well.” Therefore, the high school Biology course aligned to the Arkansas Biology Framework as approved by the State Board of Education shall be used to fulfill the Smart Core Biology requirement in all schools. AP Biology will not substitute for Biology.


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