Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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News Releases

ADE Schedules News Conference


A news conference, to reveal the accountability status of Arkansas public schools, will be held in the ADE auditorium on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Arkansas High Schools Receive College Readiness Award


The Arkansas ACT Council recently awarded twenty state high schools with a 2012 College Readiness Award for significantly increasing ACT Composite scores over the past five years, increasing or maintaining participation in the ACT and improving student college readiness.

Ten Students Compete to Represent Arkansas in the U. S. Senate Youth Program


A special selection panel interviewed ten outstanding Arkansas high school students who are competing for an opportunity to serve as state delegates to the 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards


ASCD has released a new report, "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability," illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the CCSS across the nation.

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).

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