Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Vision for Excellence in Education

The Coalition of Student Voices in Education (ACSVE) surveyed students across Arkansas and hosted three summits. The students presented their findings to the Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee Meeting on November 30, 2016, and to the State Board of Education on January 12, 2017. View the video:

Commissioner Key meeting with students

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The Arkansas Department of Education is transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.


The Arkansas Department of Education provides leadership, support, and service to schools, districts, and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement. 











  1. a. Striving to be a model of excellence that is dedicated to professional and ethical standards, the whole child, and effective results.
  2. b. Driving action toward excellence through informed risk-taking.
  3. c. Protecting the public trust by ensuring quality and accountability


  1. a.Collaborating with others through mutual respect, trust, and professionalism.
  2. b.Communicating in an open, honest, and transparent manner.
  3. c.Fostering new ideas and promoting effective practices.


  1. a.Providing quality service in a respectful, effective, and professional manner.
  2. b. Administering agency programs and services with integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  3. c. Leveraging state resources in a wise, efficient, and productive manner.


  1. 1. Each student will meet or exceed educational milestones along pathways to graduate prepared for college, career, and community engagement. 
  2. 2. Each student will meet or exceed his/her expected individual growth annually.
  3. 3.. Each student will develop and apply personal competencies that foster learning, community engagement, and success in life.
  4. 4. Each student will be actively engaged in college, career preparation, military service, and/or competitive employment one year after graduation.
  5. 5. The Arkansas Department of Education will build the capacity of each team member to provide efficient and effective customer service that benefits students, respects taxpayers, and serves stakeholders.




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Arkansas Accountability System and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The vision will guide the work of the Arkansas Accountability System. For more information, please go to


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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