Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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State Takes Over Financially Strapped Mineral Springs School District


Arkansas Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell today exercised his authority under state law to dissolve the school board of the Mineral Springs School District.

Five Designated as Master Principals by Arkansas Leadership Academy


Ken Endris, Debbie Flora, Donny Forehand, Lisa St. John, and Karla Tarkington, having achieved the status of Master School Principal, were recognized Monday, May 13, 2013, during the Arkansas State Board of Education.

North Little Rock Assistant Superintendent Heads to Pine Bluff Dollarway


Bobby Acklin, current assistant superintendent in the North Little Rock School District, is Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell’s pick to lead the Dollarway School District starting July 1.

AETN Creates Specialized TESS website


As part of AETN's commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education, educators and administrators across the state, AETN has created a specialized website to support the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), a system for effective teaching and leading in Arkansas's schools.

Register for NMSI Summer Training


The Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science (AAIMS) announces summer training dates for Year 1 National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Teacher Training.

Seven School Districts Receive Grants for School-Based Health Centers


Seven Arkansas school districts recently received grant funds totaling over $1 million to implement a school-based health center in their district for the 2013-14 school year.

Reminder: PARCC Seeks Public Comment


As a reminder, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has two draft policies currently out for public comment. Please use the links below to review the draft policies and the associated surveys where you can provide feedback.

2013 Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Award Winners


The Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas State Library and the Arkansas Reading Association are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award and the 2013 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award.

PARCC Releases Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications Documents


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released assessment blueprints and test specifications for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments set to debut in 2014-15.

Charter School Law Conference Set for April 30


The Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) and the Arkansas Department of Education will host the Charter School Law Conference on Tuesday, April 30.

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