Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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New Guides Help School Leaders Support Common Core State Standards Implementation


Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), has released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

National Education Newspaper Places State’s System Near the Top for Fourth Consecutive Year


Arkansas’s public education system ranks fifth in the nation according to the latest edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts.

Healthy School Board Award Winners


Five schools across the state were chosen winners of the 2012 Healthy School Board Award because of their implementation of a variety of changes to enhance health.

Training Plan for Public School Active Shooter


Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Ken Jones, Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training have met by telephone this afternoon to discuss today’s active shooter training exercise which occurred at Greenbrier Public Schools.

PARCC Governing Board Approves Math Assessments for College and Career Readiness, Retest Policy and Tech Specs


The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) held a meeting on December 13, 2012, which included a joint session with the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR).

Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis


All of us who work in education have broken hearts and are haunted by the tragedy visited on the educators, students, and families of the Newtown Public School District and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Commissioner Kimbrell Issues Statement on Connecticut School Shooting


"Today is a day of sadness and grief for everyone who cares for children."

Your Invitation to Participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest


The Arkansas Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics announces the Laws of Life Essay Contest open to all students in grades 9 through 12.

NAEP Releases New Report


Today, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)released a new report connecting vocabulary skills to reading comprehension.

Hall High School Teacher Named Arkansas History Teacher of the Year


Sonja Williams, an American history teacher at Hall High School in the Little Rock School District, has been named the 2012 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.

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