Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Arkansas Schools Designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools

09/12/2012

Three Arkansas schools were recently named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U. S. Department of Education.

ACT Scores Show Gains

08/22/2012

Arkansas’s ACT scores saw an increase according to the 2012 ACT report.

PARCC Releases Initial Set of Test Items and Task Prototypes

08/20/2012

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Three Arkansas Schools to Receive School Improvement Funds

08/14/2012

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell announced today the selection of three low-performing schools eligible to receive over the next three years up to approximately $11 million in federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds.

Education Department Launches New Website

08/14/2012

Public engagement and communication are major areas of focus for the Arkansas Department of Education. In an effort to keep our many audiences up to date on the work of the Department and services and resources available to schools and school districts, we undertook a redesign of our website.

Arkansas 2011 Exemplary Schools Announced

08/10/2012

Nineteen public schools from throughout the state were recently designated as 2011 Exemplary Schools by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Governor Beebe Announces Appointment to SBE

07/05/2012

Governor Mike Beebe has named Hendrix College political science professor Jay Barth to the state Board of Education.

Former Arkansas Teacher of the Year is Awarded Trip to China

07/03/2012

Kathy Powers, 2011 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, was selected as one of 35 recipients from across the nation for the 2012 Award for Teaching Excellence.

Arkansas Financial Transparency Website

07/02/2012

Transparency.Arkansas.gov is a resource for citizens, legislators, news media, scholars, and nonprofit groups who want to know where the state, their city, town, and school district get their money, and how they spend it.

US Department of Education Approval Allows State to Concentrate on Improving Struggling Schools

06/29/2012

The US Department of Education announced today that Arkansas is one of five more states to be granted flexibility from some long-standing requirements of No Child Left Behind.

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