Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Governor Beebe Discusses the Benefits of Common Core State Standards in his Weekly Column and Radio Address


As Arkansas students in grades 9 through 12 begin a new school year, their teachers have new expectations for their academic achievements. This is a pivotal time for education in Arkansas, as the Common Core State Standards are now being implemented in our high schools.

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Supports Common Core State Standards


The Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas Executive Committees released a Resolution supporting the Common Core State Standards, adopted by the State of Arkansas on July 12, 2010.

PARCC Releases New Sample Items


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a 19-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released additional sample items for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Education Commissioner names members of Charter Authorizing Panel


Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announcethe names of the Arkansas Department of Education staff who will serve with him asmembers of the Charter Authorizing Panel.

New Director of Communications


Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce the hiring of Kimberly Friedman as the Department of Education’s new Director of Communications.

School Bus Safety Awareness Campaign


School bus safety is the focus of a special statewide public awareness effort that will start Monday, August 12.  Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. is the theme for the three-week effort, which is being led by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Accessing District, School Data


The contract between the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES) expired July 1, 2013.

PARCC Governing Board Takes Key Votes, Announces Field Testing Plans, Gives Progress Update


The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers met on June 26, 2013. The board meets quarterly to make major policy and operational decisions on behalf of the PARCC consortium related to the overall design of the assessment system, PARCC's procurement strategy and other significant issues.

NASDTEC Elects New President at Annual Conference


Dr. Frank Servedio of the Arkansas Department of Education has been elected as the president of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) for the 2013-14 year.

Arkansas Public School Groups Receive More Than $1.3 Million


Today, the Walton Family Foundation further demonstrated a longstanding commitment to Arkansas public education with $1.3 million in grants to two organizations working to improve the quality of the state's K-12 schools.

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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