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.
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