Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Alternative Education Unit web page. Alternative Education is part of the ADE division led by Dr. Debbie Jones, Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Learning Services. Through leadership that strongly encourages the development of meaningful research-based intervention programs for Arkansas students, Alternative Education renews the hope of at-risk students for a brighter future.
Alternative Education continues to gain the attention of school districts in Arkansas, in the nation, and internationally. Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) deliver rigorous curriculum in innovative strategies to students that have been carefully selected for the extensive interventions provided in this nontraditional setting. Interlocking tiers of support are provided by all units within the ADE.
It is the mission of the Alternative Education team to provide the foundation and support for districts, schools, administrators, and teachers to educate students who need a non-traditional learning environment. Through collaboration, guidance, and assessment of programs, the Alternative Education team works to ensure that students who require a non-traditional educational environment shall have opportunities to learn.
State law requires that the Arkansas Department of Education submit a report annually to the state legislature. The data gathered from the annual report and program descriptions assist in developing information provided in that report. The Arkansas Public School Computer Network and the ADE Data Center also provide data. The program description is due by March 31.
The Alternative Education Unit is dedicated to improving the quality of education for all at-risk students. In our quest to help improve the quality of alternative education, the team seeks out tools that can be used by schools and districts in assisting with designing and redeveloping their non-traditional education programs.