Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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R.I.S.E. Schools

In summer 2017, the Arkansas Department of Education offered schools the opportunity to be named R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Schools. The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 350 schools making the commitment to promote a culture of reading, build community partnerships and strengthen reading instruction.

R.I.S.E. School Application

A R.I.S.E. School commits to collaborating with at least one community partner, creating a positive culture of reading in the school with various activities or a literacy night, and strengthening core reading instruction by participating in the R.I.S.E. Academy or offering another pathway for teachers. To sign up to be a R.I.S.E. School, fill out the R.I.S.E. School Application.

R.I.S.E. School Kit

To help schools that have made this commitment, each one is receiving a R.I.S.E. School kit that includes bookmarks, posters, a banner and much more. To access poster art, social media graphics and more, go to R.I.S.E. School Graphics.

R.I.S.E. Bookmarks

To download bookmarks, go to R.I.S.E. Arkansas Bookmarks: Collection 1  and Collection 2.

R.I.S.E. Schools List

To access a list of R.I.S.E. Schools, please go to R.I.S.E. Schools by District. 

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 204-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-2922

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

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