Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Arkansas State Offices to Open Monday with Two-hour Delay


While state offices in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area will open on Monday, Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads.

Governor Beebe Declares Statewide Emergency For Winter Weather


With winter weather already impacting Arkansas, and ice storm warnings in effect for Central Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe declared a statewide disaster for Arkansas Thursday afternoon.

Arkansas & Delaware Achieve DQC's 10 State Actions!


For the first time ever, two states—Arkansas and Delaware—have achieved all of Data Quality Campaign’s 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use. These two states have marshaled the leadership, policies, and resources to overcome the barriers of turf, trust, technical issues, and time that many states still face.

New Analysis: States Providing Parents and Educators Better Access to Data


States have more capacity than ever to use secure education data, but need to place a greater focus on using the right data to answer the right questions to improve student success, according to the Data Quality Campaign’s (DQC) ninth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2013: Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers.

Palestine Wheatley Teacher Named 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year


Jonathan Crossley, an English language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School in St. Francis County, was named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year today at a surprise notification in Palestine.

Arkansas's New Promise


The Arkansas Department of Education recently received a $32 million federal research grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This award, known as the PROMISE grant, was created to help teenagers with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income.

Arkansas' Eighth-Grade Reading Scores on National Assessment Show Significant Increase


Arkansas' eighth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed a significant increase in 2013.

Nine Public Schools Named Exemplary


A total of nine public schools in Arkansas were named Exemplary schools today under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act program.

137 Schools Improve, Receive Achieving Status


A total of 137 public schools showed sufficient improvement on test scores to meet annual targets and are designated as Achieving schools under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act program.

Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce supports CCSS


The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce recently adopted a resolution supporting the Common Core State Standards.

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