Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Family and Community Engagement

mother and daughter looking at a laptop computer screen Father reading a book to his daughter Mother practicing writing with her son

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to improving family and community engagement across the state. We recognize that family members are students' first teachers and we must work together for all children to have the opportunity to be college, career, and community ready. For Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, family engagement must be the foundation to learning in all schools.

Our Family Engagement team is working with the Council of Chief State School Officers to create a state framework for districts and schools. The State Board of Education Family Engagement Task Force is working with ADE’s internal team, external partners, and teachers on the Teacher Leader Advisory Group to create a coalition to develop this new framework. Please follow our progress

Family and Community Engagement email address:  Follow us on social media and share your story using  #EngagementMattersAR.

Upcoming Events

The State Coalition on Family and Community Engagement will hold regional meetings to obtain feedback on draft family and community engagement resources.  For details, go to State Coalition on Family and Community Engagement Regional Meetings.

View the Regional Map.

State Board Task Force Meetings

State Board Task Force meets at 1 p.m. following the State Board Friday reports.

Follow Our Journey

Keep up with what's happening by viewing the Family and Community Engagement Event List.

Photo Album

Please view the photo album from our Family and Community Engagement External Stakeholder Network Meeting held February 7, 2018, in Pine Bluff at
Meeting participants talking at tables

Resources for Parents and Families

My School Info provides detailed information about your child’s school. Follow these easy steps to access school reports.


Series of quick videos to learn about ESSA and the ESSA School Index


  1. 1. Vision of Excellence
  2. 2. What is ESSA?
  3. 3. Grade Spans
  4. 4. ESSA School Index
  5. 5. Weighted Achievement
  6. 6. School Growth Score 
  7. 7. Graduation Rates
  8. 8. School Quality and Student Success
  9. 9. Cycle of Inquiry 

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Online Tips and Resources for Parents

NOTE: Additional links for parents can be found at the bottom of this page.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Wright, Director for Stakeholder Communication/Family and Community Engagement
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 19
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: (501) 537-9896

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