Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Reports About Arkansas

Organizations from across the nation publicize reports about education and education related topics.  Below are some of the recent publications that contain information about Arkansas.

2018 Arkansas Economic Security Report

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS) has released the 2018 economic security report of employment and earnings outcomes for degrees and certificates at state-supported institutions of higher education. Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) sponsored SB211 (Act 852) that tasks ADWS with producing the annual "economic security" reports. The report uses data available to ADWS and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to provide average first-year earnings and employment rates for graduates of the certificate and degree programs at each state-supported institution of higher education. View the report and two-page summary at:

State Transparency on College and Career Readiness

This set of Achieve reports evaluates the transparency of every state's public reporting on eight indicators of college and career readiness.

State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education

This report summarizes states’ progress in developing state-level policies that support equitable K–12 computer science education for today’s students, with two main goals in mind:
- To provide a resource for states to use in reflecting on their own progress toward realization of K–12 CS education for all
- To identify other states as possible resources

The State of American High School Graduates: What States Know (and Don’t) About Student Performance, published February 14, 2017

The goal of the Achieve report is to focus on results within each state so that state leaders can determine the extent to which their K–12 system is producing college- and career-ready (CCR) graduates, whether they are satisfied with the results, and if not, what they can do to improve the readiness of all students.

School Breakfast Scorecard - School Year 2015-2016, Published February 2017

This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2015–2016 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation.

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises, Published January 2017

The tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbooks report series. Recommendations for how states can address teacher evaluation are included in the report.

2017 Edition of Education Week's Quality Counts report— Under Construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 Foundation, Published January 4, 2017

The Quality Counts’ annual report card evaluates the states’ performance across a range of critical indicators. This year’s report issues overall grades for the nation and states and also features newly updated 50-state grades in two of the areas monitored by the report on an ongoing basis: the Chance-for-Success Index and school finance.

How the State Got Their Rates: 2015 Graduates, published November 2016

As the graduation rate continues to rise, it’s worth continuing to examine the diplomas that make up that rate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Diplomas That Matter: Ensuring Equity of Opportunity for Students with Disabilities, published November 2016

Achieve and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) released a new report analyzing the diplomas available to students with disabilities in each state for the graduating class of 2015. The report also compares the course and assessment requirements for earning a regular diploma in each state for students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment, published October 2016

The results of the NAEP science assessment present a broad view of what our nation's students know and can do in science. The assessment is designed to measure students' knowledge and abilities in the areas of physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences.

College Scorecard, published September 14, 2016

The College Scorecard provides answers to critical questions about each institution, like how likely students are to complete their degrees, how much debt students take out, and how much the students typically earn after attending.  And the interactive website provides users with the ability to search by program, degree type, location, or by name of institution.

Preparing Computer Science Teachers in Maryland and Arkansas, published September 2016

Among the 26 states that are creating teacher preparation pathways specifically for computer science, Maryland and Arkansas are leaders.

Understanding Teachers Shortages:  A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity, published September 15, 2016

The Learning Policy Institute has made available a map that highlights a number of key factors that reflect and influence teacher supply and attrition and signal whether states are likely to have an adequate supply of qualified teachers to fill their classrooms. Based on these data—which treat compensation, teacher turnover, working conditions, and qualifications—each state is assigned a “teaching attractiveness rating,” indicating how supportive it appears to be of teacher recruitment and retention and a “teacher equity rating,” indicating the extent to which students, in particular students of color, are assigned uncertified or inexperienced teachers. Ratings are on a 1-5 scale, with 1 (the lightest color) being the least desirable and 5 (the darkest color) being the most desirable.

High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability Systems in the Age of ESSA, published August 31, 2016

The Ford Institute report examines the extent to which states' current (or planned) accountability systems for elementary and middle schools attend to the needs of high-achieving students, and how these systems might be redesigned under the Every Student Succeeds Act to better serve all students. Fordham is planning a similar analysis on accountability for high schools in the future.

No Time to Lose:  How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State, published August 2016

The National Conference of State Legislatures presented common elements present in nearly every world-class education system.

Accountability in Teacher Preparation:  Policies and Data in the 50 States & DC, published July 2016

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commissioned this report through Teacher Preparation Analytics in an attempt to provide all states with a first look at the kinds of data that make up their outcome-oriented education preparations programs review process.

State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, published July 2016

A brief from the U.S. Department of Education, Policy and Program Studies Service, that examines state-by-state trends to compare the extent to which state and local governments are investing in education and in corrections.

2016 Kids Count Data Book, published June 21, 2016

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Book, an annual report, focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.

Arkansas: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace, published June 2016

SREB report to member states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education.

Arkansas Test Scores by Year, reported Spring/Summer 2016

District and School Results from 2016 state assessments are available for review.

Arkansas Out Front, published Spring 2016

The strategic work of the ADE and stakeholders for the Vision for Excellence in Education is highlighted in this article.

Professional Learning, published May 2016 

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015

This report covers student safety issues at school and postsecondary institutions.

State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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