The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Arkansas makes the Non-Traditional Licensure Program (NTLP) route available to all districts and teachers in most major subject areas. While critical shortage areas are outlined, it does not appear that alternate route candidates are limited to teaching in those areas.
NTLP is a state-run program administered by the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas has also approved Teach For America as an alternate route provider.
Further expand the diversity of alternate route providers.
Arkansas should continue to consider policies that encourage additional providers beyond Teach For America to operate programs, including school districts and other nonprofit organizations.
Arkansas recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.