Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Informational Documents

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to provide these informational documents pertaining to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please share them.
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Empowering Schools for Success: Using Effective Evidence-Based Practices to Impact Student Outcomes

This resource guide features an overview and videos about evidence-based interventions. It also includes information on how each of the four tiers are defined by ESSA and how they are used to determine how an intervention is classified. General questions and responses for consideration at the district level and resources for educators to learn more about using evidence in education are also included.

Letter to Partners in Education from Commissioner Johnny Key

The ADE team has released the 2018 Accountability at-a-Glance Report and the 2018 ESSA School Index report for all schools in the state. The ADE publishes these reports annually, which provides important information about each school including test performance, graduation rate, school quality, and student success. Please read this Letter to Partners in Education from Commissioner Johnny Key. (PDF)


Arkansas ESSA Plan  

  ESSA Index 

Business Rules & Statistics

 11. What is ESSA? (PDF)  20. 2017 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores FINAL posted 3/13/18  (DOCX) (PDF)
 2. Every Student Succeeds Act - A Guide to the Arkansas Plan (PDF)  12. Grade Spans and Configurations  (PDF)             

  21. 2018 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores posted 6/25/18, updated 8/17/18  ( DOCX) (PDF)

 3. The Arkansas State Plan (PDF)  13. What is the ESSA School Index (PDF)            

 22. 2017 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 4. No Child Left Behind vs. Every Student  14. Weighted Achievement (PDF)

 23. 2016 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 15. Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (PDF) 24. 2018 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 6. Timeline: Arkansas, ESSA and Our Pathway to the Future (PDF)

25. State Assessment System – Peer Review (PDF)
 7. Theory of Action (PDF)   17. School Quality and Student Success Indicators (PDF)  
 8. Cycle of Inquiry (PDF)

 18. School Quality and Student Success (SQSS) Components by Grade Span posted 6/26/18 (DOCX) (PDF)


 9 . Arkansas Academic Standards (PDF)


Webinars, Related Documents and Resources

Series of quick videos to learn about ESSA and the ESSA School Index


  1. 1. Vision of Excellence
  2. 2. What is ESSA?
  3. 3. Grade Spans
  4. 4. ESSA School Index
  5. 5. Weighted Achievement
  6.  6. School Growth Score 
  7. 7. Graduation Rates
  8. 8. School Quality and Student Success
  9. 9. Cycle of Inquiry 

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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