Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Arkansas Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap


The philosophy of the Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap is to ensure that all children have an opportunity for an education that will focus on equity as a means to achieve a closure in scores between and among diverse learning communities of students.

The Commission will focus on initiatives to ensure that the production of Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) will be one of the means for closing the achievement gap. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) will be a means for assessing gap closure. Building capacity for parents to become connected and more involved in the education of their children is yet another means for closing the gap. There are other gap closing initiatives that may be recommended as achievement closure strategies.

4th Annual Bridging the Gap Educational Symposium Flyer


2014 Annual Report of the Arkansas Commission on Closing the Academic Achievement Gap

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Dawn Tirado Simpson, Chairman of Arkansas Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap
Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI)
P.O. Box 1358, 105 Reserve
Hot Springs, AR 71902-1358
Phone:  501-701-6274 

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