Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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About ADE


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is a dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources and technical support to school districts, schools, and educators.

As the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, ADE is responsible for implementing state and federal education laws, disbursing state and federal funds, holding schools and districts accountable for performance, licensing all educators and providing public transparency. ADE serves students, parents, and the general public by protecting the public trust through adherence to laws, strong stewardship of public funds and accountability for student performance.

The vision of the ADE is to provide an innovative, comprehensive education system focused on outcomes that ensure every student in Arkansas is prepared for post-secondary education and careers. 

The agency's goals are as follows: 

  • Learning Standards, Next Generation Assessments and Accountability
  • Supporting Persistently Struggling Schools
  • Improving Educator Effectiveness
  • Strengthening Stakeholder Partnerships

The combination of effective teachers, leaders and learning opportunities that ensure students are college and career ready sets Arkansas on the right course for academic success.


State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESEA Flexibility

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