ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-99-062

Date Created : 12/16/1998


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

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   School Improvement and Instructional Support - Dr. Kevin Penix
High School Transcript Documentation

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Kevin Penix

Phone Number:


Assistance is needed from high school counselors in indicating on high school transcripts whether or not students have completed the core curriculum. This would be an invaluable service to students and to higher education admission officers who are determining whether or not students will be admitted unconditionally.

Specifically, the high school counselor can facilitate this by implementing the following process: On the seven semester transcript, the counselor will indicate that the student is/is not on course to complete the core curriculum. Then, on the final transcript, the counselor will indicate that the student did/did not complete the core curriculum. This might be done with a stamp or by some other manner that could be readily identified on the transcript. Not only will this speed up the admissions process, it will increase the accuracy of the process. Course titles vary from school to school and this increased the difficulty for the admissions officer to identify courses that are part of the core curriculum.

If you have questions regarding the core curriculum, please refer to the April 2, 1998, joint memorandum from Mr. Ray Simon and Mr. Lu Hardin which discussed the core curriculum in great detail.

Point of Clarification: Beginning with the high school graduation class of 1999, students will not be required to have taken two years of foreign language in order to be unconditionally admitted to an Arkansas public college or university.


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