Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Mike Hernandez Named Assistant Commissioner of Fiscal Services


Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce Mike Hernandez as the Department of Education’s new assistant commissioner of fiscal services.

PARCC (@PARCCPlace) Launches Twitter Town Hall Series


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today announced a series of Twitter town halls to answer questions on the new, computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Curtis Turner Tapped to Lead Mineral Springs School District


Curtis Turner, superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District, will take the helm at Mineral Springs School District July 1.

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.

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESEA Flexibility

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