Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Arkansas State Plan Submitted, September 15, 2017

The Arkansas Department of Education has submitted the Arkansas State Plan to the  U.S. Department of Education in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provided an accelerated path for the goal of providing student-focused learning to be realized, and ADE team members are excited about the results we expect to see in the coming years. Please review the plan and read the submission letter: Arkansas State Plan.

Arkansas’ Every Student Succeeds Act 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. This recognition comes from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2moTdoc.

The Third Draft, August 1, 2017

The Arkansas Department of Education believes every Arkansan is a stakeholder and has endeavored to collaborate with them in the development of the Vision for Excellence in Education and the Arkansas Accountability System. The third draft of the state's accountability plan, under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is available at http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Public_School_Accountability/Arkansas ESSA Plan Draft Three August 1, 2017 rv.pdf

Executive Summary of the Third Draft Plan

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to provide a summary of the Consolidated Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015) (ESSA). Please go to Every Student Succeeds Act Draft Consolidated State Plan Executive Summary.

The Second Draft, May 22, 2017

The second draft of the state's accountability plan, under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is available at ArkansasESSA.org.

A Spanish version of the draft plan is available: Publicación de Borrador.

Survey in Spanish: Preguntas para su consideración para su reviso del plan del estado de Arkansas.

Feedback on Arkansas' ESSA Plan can be found on the Stay Informed Archive page. Scroll down the page to Additional Stakeholder Feedback.

Executive Summary of the Second Draft Plan 

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to provide an executive summary of the seoncd draft version of its Consolidated Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please go to https://www.arkansasessa.org/ and click on the black button in the center of the page.  

ADE Facebook Live Series: Understanding ESSA

Video Links: Educator EffectivenessAssessment | AccountabilitySchool Support

English Language Learners

The First Draft, April 24, 2017

The first draft of the state's accountablity plan, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, is available at http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/first-draft-aprill-24-2017

 

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 http://bit.ly/1TFr29X 

As part of the Vision for Excellence in Education, Arkansas will define the Arkansas Accountability System and submit the proposal to the U.S. Department of Education(USDOE) for approval. Arkansas is committed to transparent communication with all stakeholders.  ESSA Summary

ADE is committed to transparency of the process. Please see the log of meetings and presentations at http://bit.ly/2aKz0ma

Arkansas Accountability System (ESSA) Timeline

Please access the handout: Arkansas Accountability System (ESSA) Timeline

Stage 1 

Please visit http://bit.ly/2bPQ1fP to learn about all Stage 1 activities.

Stage 2

  • The Steering Committee will continue meeting on a monthly basis. http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/ESEA/ESSA_Steering_Committee_Calendar.pdf
  • Arkansas Department of Education begins writing the state accountability and support plan, continues to gather stakeholder feedback, and modify the plan based on the stakeholder feedback.
  • The Advocates for Students group will provide targeted feedback on the state accountability and support plan through the lens of the students they represent. The advocate groups are: English Language Learner, Special Education Economically Disadvantaged, Race/Ethnicity, Foster Children, Military Dependents, Homeless and Equity for all Students

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 http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/stay-informed.
  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 http://bit.ly/2b9yUlC.  
  1. 4. Tune in to Steering Committee Meetings. The Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee will meet on the last Wednesday of each month (beginning August 31, 2016) at 9:30 am 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

  1. Participación de la Familia en el Cada estudiante tenga éxito Ley (ESSA)
  2. ¿Qué implica para mi hijo la nueva Ley Todos los Alumnos Triunfan

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
Email: tina.smith@arkansas.gov
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