Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

Read Bio  

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)

Family Engagement Updates – April 2018: (PPTX) (PDF)


For more information, please contact:

Geraldine Mallette, 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
Fax:  501-682-5136

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.

Learn More

Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

Learn More

ESEA Flexibility

Learn More

Latest News & Events

Learn More