Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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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.

2013 Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Award Winners


The Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas State Library and the Arkansas Reading Association are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award and the 2013 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award.

PARCC Releases Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications Documents


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released assessment blueprints and test specifications for both the English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments set to debut in 2014-15.

Charter School Law Conference Set for April 30


The Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) and the Arkansas Department of Education will host the Charter School Law Conference on Tuesday, April 30.

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Fayetteville Public School District as a Green Ribbon School Award Winner


Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to announce the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

PARCC Releases Draft Accommodations Manual For Public Comment


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released for public comment a draft of the full accommodations manual for the assessments currently being developed by the 22-state consortium.

ADE requests Waiver of Title I, Part A Funds: 15% Carryover Limitation due to Sequester


The Arkansas Department of Education is requesting a waiver from the U. S. Department of Education concerning the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Newly Released Common Core Resources and Materials Are Now Available to All Teachers


The National Math and Science Initiative, a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, announced today that they will make Common Core State Standards resources available to all teachers with unlimited access.

PARCC Releases Draft Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs for Public Comment


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers today released the draft grade- and subject-specific performance level descriptors (PLDs) in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for public comment.

Final Next Generation Science Standards Released


On Tuesday, April 9, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released.

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