Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Arkansas State Offices to Open Thursday with Two-hour Delay


Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area Thursday morning. Essential personnel should report at their regular times when requested.

Three School Districts Pilot Teacher Cadets Program


Teaching continues to remain a high-demand occupation in Arkansas. To help offset that need, three Arkansas school districts are piloting the Arkansas Teacher Cadets program, a teacher preparation program offered through the Arkansas Department of Education.

Four Arkansas Districts Named to 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll


Four Arkansas school districts were named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

The U.S. Department of Education awards Arkansas more than $5 million through the School Improvement Grants Program


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that seven states will receive over $43.4 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Two of the states -- Arkansas and Kentucky – will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools.

Springdale School District Wins Race to the Top-District Grant


The U.S. Department of Education announced today that five applicants have won a total of approximately $120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition.

PARCC Governing Board Approves Data Privacy and Security Policy; Reviews Field Testing Plans


The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) approved a policy to protect the privacy and security of student data and discussed school and district progress towards the spring 2014 PARCC field test.

Arkansas State Offices to Open Monday with Two-hour Delay


While state offices in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area will open on Monday, Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads.

Governor Beebe Declares Statewide Emergency For Winter Weather


With winter weather already impacting Arkansas, and ice storm warnings in effect for Central Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe declared a statewide disaster for Arkansas Thursday afternoon.

Arkansas & Delaware Achieve DQC's 10 State Actions!


For the first time ever, two states—Arkansas and Delaware—have achieved all of Data Quality Campaign’s 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use. These two states have marshaled the leadership, policies, and resources to overcome the barriers of turf, trust, technical issues, and time that many states still face.

New Analysis: States Providing Parents and Educators Better Access to Data


States have more capacity than ever to use secure education data, but need to place a greater focus on using the right data to answer the right questions to improve student success, according to the Data Quality Campaign’s (DQC) ninth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2013: Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers.

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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