Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Report Card

Each year, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) publishes a Performance Report of the state’s schools. This online report provides information about each school, district and the state, including test performance, teacher qualification, retention, discipline and more. It is designed to help open the lines of communication between schools, parents and the local community.

Report cards are available at: and on My School Info

Click on How to View the School Report Card or the image below.

Letters to Parents and Educators

The following letters to parents and educators explain the range of indicator scores for each letter grade or school rating:

  • 2017 School Rating Ranges for Grades PreK-5 Grade Spans (DOCX) (PDF)
  • 2017 School Rating Ranges for Grades 6-8 Grade Span (DOCX) (PDF)      
  • 2017 School Rating Ranges for Grades 9-12 Grade Span (DOCX) (PDF)

School Ratings

The A-F grading scale is a widely accepted way to identify how well a student is performing in school. In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed A.C.A. § 6-15-2101 which requires the state to implement an A-F grading scale for schools. 

At the request of Arkansas stakeholders, the ADE aligned the state’s accountability system, including the School Rating System, with the Arkansas Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan (federal accountability). ESSA was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. The U.S. Department of Education approved the Arkansas ESSA plan in January 2018. The ESSA School Index score and stakeholder recommended rating scale are used to determine the letter grades (rating) for schools. The state accountability system requires scores of students attending Alternate Learning Environment (ALE) programs having local education agency (LEA) numbers to be included in their respective area schools. The ESSA School Index score includes ALE student scores in their attending ALE school.

Each school is assigned to a grade span based on the grades the school serves (grade range of school). The total score for each school will determine the school rating. Please view the information in the tables below or download it in PDF format.

Grade Span   Grade Ranges
ELEMENTARY PreK-5 P-P  P-K  P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5 P-6 K-K K-1 K-2  K-3
  K-4  K-5  K-6 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-5 1-6 2-3 2-4 2-5  2-6
  3-3  3-5  3-6 4-5 4-6 5-5            
MIDDLE Grades 6-8 P-8  K-8  4-7 4-8 5-6 5-7 5-8 6-6 6-7 6-8 7-8  7-9
HIGH Grades 9-12 8-9 9-9  K-12 5-12 6-12 7-12 8-12 9-12 10-12 11-12    

Grades PreK-5 Grade Span Ratings

Rating: Total Score Range:
A  80.35 < Score
B 73.47 - 80.34
C 65.98 - 73.46
D 58.97 - 65.97
F Score < 58.96

Grades 6-8 Grade Span Ratings

Rating: Total Score Range:
A  78.37 < Score
B 72.58 - 78.36
C 65.93 - 72.57
D 56.24 - 65.92
F Score < 56.23

Grades 9-12 Grade Span Ratings

Rating: Total Score Range:
A  75.40 < Score
B 69.58 - 75.39
C 62.78 - 69.57
D 54.48 - 62.77
F Score < 54.47

The Arkansas ESSA Plan

More information about the Arkansas ESSA plan can be found at

Archived A-F Information

A-F information for 2014 and 2015 has been archived at:

For immediate assistance, contact the School Performance Unit at 501-682-7339.

For more information, please contact:

Louis Ferren, State Systems Administrator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 25
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501 682-4208
Fax: 501 682-7966

State Standards

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