Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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ESEA Flexibility

To view the approved Arkansas Flexibility Request, July 27, 2015, go to A For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Education’s website at

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires states to update the list of priority and focus schools to ensure that interventions are being implemented in the lowest-performing schools. Arkansas’ ESEA Flexibility request was recently renewed for one year, resulting in an updated list. To learn about priority and focus schools, ESEA flexibility and more, see the PowerPoint presentations below. 

Priority Schools PowerPoint (posted Sept. 25, 2015)

Focus Schools PowerPoint (posted Sept. 28, 2015)

The U. S. Department of Education allowed each State Education Agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of the State, Districts, and Schools to better focus on improving educational outcomes, closing achievement gaps, and increasing the quality of instruction. This opportunity will provide flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In addition, this flexibility will build on and support the significant State and District reform efforts already underway.

For more information, please contact:

Deborah Coffman, Assistant Commissioner
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 19
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5891
Dr. Jeremy Owoh, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-4210
Fax: 501-682-1193

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