Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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PARCC Charts Pathway to College and Career Readiness Through K- 12 and Higher Education Vote


In unprecedented collaboration between K-12 and higher education, the PARCC Governing Board and the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) voted unanimously to adopt a College-and Career-Ready Determination (CCRD) policy and Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs).

ADE Announces Plans to Participate in Digital Learning Day Activities


The ADE is pleased to announce its participation in the Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students—to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life.

ADE Sponsors Teacher Recruitment Event


Encouraging highly motivated and energetic individuals to consider a career in the teaching profession is the focus of a special event sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Little Rock Teacher Named Milken Award Winner


Zsuzsanna Diamond went to school today thinking it was just another day. She was in for a surprise. Shortly after lunch, Governor Mike Beebe, Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, and Dr. Gary Stark of the Milken Family Foundation, greeted her in the cafeteria of Otter Creek Elementary.

Arkansas's Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced


Each year, Arkansas recognizes a Teacher of the Year. And today, four teachers learned they are state finalists for the coveted state title.

State Board Member Brenda Gullett Chosen as Director of NASBE


Brenda Gullett, a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education, was re-elected to the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).

Clinton Primary Focuses on Writing; Test Scores Rise


Last year Clinton Primary, an elementary school in the Hope District, was in their fourth year of No Child Left Behind’s school improvement. No one wanted a fifth year.

High School Art Students - Portfolio Day Is Here!


If you are a high school student interested in pursuing a degree in art, be sure to attend the Arkansas Educational Television Network Portfolio Day 2012 on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 350 S. Donaghey Ave. in Conway.

Fouke Elementary Principal Shares Success Story


Fouke Elementary School in Southwest Arkansas has received national attention recently for reducing the obesity rates of its students by nine percent at a time when childhood obesity rates are increasing in most of the nation.

Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase


With this year’s competition barely completed, plans are already underway for the 2013 Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.

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