Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Standards for Accreditation

The Standards for Accreditation provide service and general support designed to assist and ensure that an essential educational foundation is established and maintained in each public school district, charter school, and special population school within the state of Arkansas.

A.C.A. § 6-15-202 (a)(1) The State Board of Education is authorized and directed to develop comprehensive regulations, criteria, and standards to be used by the state board and the Department of Education in the accreditation of school programs in elementary and secondary public schools in this state. 

The Standards for Accreditation set the minimum requirements for every public school and school district in the state. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has the responsibility of monitoring to ensure that all public schools comply with the Standards for Accreditation. However, the ADE constantly encourages the schools to reach beyond the minimum standards.

Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts, Standard XVIII, Section 23.03, require the ADE to annually review all reports and investigate suspected deficiencies in meeting standards.

2017-2018 Resources

  • School District Website Requirements (This information is being provided as guidance to the district but is not meant to be an exhaustive list of requirements.)
  • Preparing for 2017-18 Accreditation (Co-ops October 2017)  (PDF)
  • Improving Accuracy of Accreditation Reporting (Data Conference 2017)  (PDF)  (PPTX with Voiceover)

For more information, please contact:

Roy Causbie, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 21
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-683-1032
Cell:  501-580-9767
Fax:  501-682-4618

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