Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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As parents, you take the educational needs of your child seriously, but you may not be familiar with all of the intricacies of education policy and where to find the answers you need. We've tried to pull out some items that have historically interested parents contacting the department.  Popular and helpful links are located on the lower portion of the homepage such as Services for Students and Education Options. Additional links are available below to assist with your efforts to ensure your child is healthy, challenged, supported, engaged, and safe in school.If you can't find what you need, please check the alphabetical index or try the search box at the top of the homepage.

Grades for Schools

The A-F grading scale is a widely accepted way to identify how well a student is performing in school, especially on tests and assignments. As of 2015, a school’s performance is evaluated using this same A-F grading scale. The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 696 in 2013. The law, A.C.A. § 6-15-2101 et. seq., requires the state to implement an A-F grading scale for schools.

The school letter grades for the 2014-15 school year were released April 15, 2016. To learn more about what the grades mean, check out the parent video and handout. The A-F Calculation and A-F Reporting videos provide more detailed information.

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