Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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ESEA Flexibility Archives

Arkansas, through its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility, seeks to support every school where students continue to struggle. The state has created a system focused on college and career readiness that incentivizes continuous improvement in every school. Building on a record of strong reforms, including the ongoing enhancement of the state's highly rated longitudinal student data system, Arkansas will maintain its track record of setting high standards and expectations; unify its accountability and support systems; better differentiate between schools and districts to ensure the needs of all students are fully met and implement a comprehensive and aligned system of educator evaluation and support.  
Arkansas's ESEA Flexibility aligns with its state’s long-range education priorities and goals. It builds on the leadership the state has demonstrated to advance reform efforts to raise the bar beyond current requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in order to achieve college and career readiness for all students through a comprehensive, interconnected plan for education in the state. The state sets clear, high expectations, thoughtfully collects information to determine if those expectations are being met, then works with schools and districts to provide the necessary supports and interventions to improve outcomes. Arkansas's rigorous system uses an important combination of data for both academic achievement and growth toward proficiency to determine if schools and districts are meeting their goals.
The state maintains a critical focus on traditional subgroups, with a continued commitment to publicly reporting disaggregated data for all subgroups and targeting supports to any group that is not meeting its targets. This new accountability system incentivizes continuous improvement for all schools and districts, and is particularly focused on intensive supports and interventions for schools that are struggling the most. 

The U.S. Department of Education staff has reviewed and approved Arkansas’s “ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum." The addendum provides comprehensive information regarding the Arkansas’s system of differentiated recognition, accountability and support. It outlines the process for determining status of schools and districts based on expected performance gains for student achievement and the secondary indicators. ESEA Flexibility was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 and was amended July 10, 2013.

The documents and files under Related Links and Related Files to the right are archived Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility materials. 

Revised ESEA Flexibility Request (Revised July 27, 2015)

Schools Grouped by ESEA Status

To learn about how schools were grouped by status under ESEA, go to Schools Grouped by ESEA Status.

Focus Schools

Priority Schools

Exemplary Schools

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ESEA Flexibility Documents

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.

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Licensure & Certification

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

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