Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Parent and Family Engagement

Parent and Family Engagement, formally Parental Involvement under No Child Left Behind, has been retitled under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), enacted on December 10, 2015.  Parent and Family Engagement reflects the four principles upon which the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students, is based. These principles, accountability for results, local control and flexibility, expanded parental choice, and effective and successful programs that reflect scientifically based research, provide the framework through which families, educators and communities can work together to improve teaching and learning.  

Parent and Family Engagement also focuses on accountability between schools and parents for high student achievement, while offering parents important insight into their children’s education, the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher and the quality of the schools they attend.

Parent Communication Template – Parents Right-to-Know Letter: (English)  (en español)

Visit Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Public Law 114-95, Section 1112, Local Educational Agency Plans; Section 1114, Schoolwide Programs and Section 1116, Parent and Family Engagement or click on the images below.

   Section 1112    Section 1114 Section 1116


For more information, please contact:

Chelsey Moore, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-371-8051

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