Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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KARK Gives ADE Gold Medal Givers Award


KARK presented the Arkansas Department of Education with the Gold Medal Givers 2014 award January 16, 2014, during the KARK 4 Today morning show.

ADE Updates Its Data Center Website


The Arkansas Department of Education recently updated its Data Center website. Besides a new look, the site is easier to navigate.

State Board of Education Dinner/Work Session Thursday Cancelled


Due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education dinner/work session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. January 9, 2014, at Copper Grill, 300 E. Third St. #101, Little Rock, is cancelled.

State Board of Education Meeting Thursday Postponed


Due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014, is postponed. The reports that were on the agenda for Thursday will be delivered during the February meeting.

Arkansas State Offices to Open Thursday with Two-hour Delay


Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area Thursday morning. Essential personnel should report at their regular times when requested.

Three School Districts Pilot Teacher Cadets Program


Teaching continues to remain a high-demand occupation in Arkansas. To help offset that need, three Arkansas school districts are piloting the Arkansas Teacher Cadets program, a teacher preparation program offered through the Arkansas Department of Education.

Four Arkansas Districts Named to 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll


Four Arkansas school districts were named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

The U.S. Department of Education awards Arkansas more than $5 million through the School Improvement Grants Program


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that seven states will receive over $43.4 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Two of the states -- Arkansas and Kentucky – will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools.

Springdale School District Wins Race to the Top-District Grant


The U.S. Department of Education announced today that five applicants have won a total of approximately $120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition.

PARCC Governing Board Approves Data Privacy and Security Policy; Reviews Field Testing Plans


The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) approved a policy to protect the privacy and security of student data and discussed school and district progress towards the spring 2014 PARCC field test.

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