Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee Meeting Set for October 24, 2018

The Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee will meet at  9:30 a.m. October 24, 2018 in the ADE Auditorium, Arkansas Department of Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. The agenda for the meeting is available at ak=1001636.
Live video streaming of the meeting will be available at meeting-live.
The meeting will be live streamed, recorded and posted on the ESSA webpage at

Approved Arkansas State Plan, January 16, 2018

Please read the final plan and submission letter: Arkansas State Plan (Final).

Our plan has been recognized as one of only seven in the nation to receive a strong rating in three major categories for its new accountability system. Learn more at


Informational Documents

Guide to ESSA Plan and a flyer about the differences between No Child Left Behind and ESSA are now available. Please read and share informational documents related to the Every Students Succeeds Act.

Topics include Vision for Excellence in Education, Arkansas Academic Standards, School Quality and Student Success, State Assessment System, and What is ESSA?

Archive of the Arkansas State Plan Process

Arkansas’ federal education accountability plan reflects more than a year and a half of ongoing collaboration, input and feedback provided by educators, parents and students around the state. The plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 15, 2017. To learn more, visit the Stay Informed Archive page. The ADE Facebook Live Series: Understanding ESSA can be found on the archive page.

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law that provides opportunity for all students.  Read the Every Student Succeeds Act at 

As part of the Vision for Excellence in Education, Arkansas is defining the  Arkansas Accountability System. Arkansas is committed to transparent communication with all stakeholders.  ESSA SummaryPlease see the log of meetings and presentations at

What is my role as a stakeholder?

  1. 1. Stay Informed. Stakeholders may sign up to receive the most current information about the ESSA process. We invite you to to visit this webpage often for new information. Sign up to receive email alerts to updated information and feedback opportunities regarding ESSA at
  1. 2. Get involved. Sign up to be an Ambassador and share the latest ESSA news with your colleagues, community members, friends and family. If you are interested in learning more about being an ambassasor, please complete the requested information and Ms. Tina Smith will be in contact with you. Thanks.  View the list of Ambassador Hosted Community Listening Forums.
  2. 3. Advocate for Students – Committees will be asked to review the Arkansas Accountability System with the lens of student’s subgroups-English Language Learner/Title III, SPED, Economically Disadvantaged, Race/Ethnicity, Foster Children, Military Dependents, Homeless, Equity for All Students. To access the application to be a student advocate, please go to  
  1. 4. Tune in to Steering Committee Meetings. The Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee will meet periodically at 9:30 a.m. in the Arkansas Department of Education auditorium. The meetings will be open to the public, live streamed, and recorded.
  1. 5. Submit Public Comment. Submit comments, questions, concerns and celebrations regarding ESSA.

Additional Resources

           Participación de la Familia en el Cada estudiante tenga éxito Ley (ESSA)
          ¿Qué implica para mi hijo la nueva Ley Todos los Alumnos Triunfan (ESSA, por sus siglas)?

For more information, please contact:

Tina Smith, Special Projects Director
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-3667

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