Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Two Arkansas Districts Vie For Race to the Top Funds


The Springdale School District and the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced Monday.

Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony


The 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the Old Supreme Court Room at the State Capitol.

2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year


Alexia Weimer, a kindergarten teacher at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District, has been named Arkansas’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

2012 Arkansas School ESEA Accountability Reports Released


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) today officially released the 2012 school ESEA accountability reports for the first time under standards of the stateʼs new accountability system.

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.

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