Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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ForwARd Arkansas

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Arkansas State Board of Education partnered with local education, business, government and civil society leaders committed to improving public education in the state to create ForwARd Arkansas.   After conducting in-depth analysis of Arkansas’ educational system and gathering input from nearly 8,500 Arkansans, ForwARd Arkansas set a strategic goal to make Arkansas a leading state in education.  On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the State Board of Education endorsed the vision, process and recommendations from ForwARd Arkansas.  In A New Vision for Arkansas Education, ForwARd Arkansas lays out recommendations to meet this goal and dramatically improve student achievement in Arkansas. 
Please read the recommendations and discuss with your family, colleagues, educators, and community leaders how your community can be an active participant in meeting the vision of Arkansas becoming a leading state in education.
State of Education Report: This report provides an overview of public education in Arkansas in 2015.
A New Vision for Arkansas Education:  This vision focuses on recommendations in seven key areas that will ensure every Arkansas student graduates prepared for success in college and the workplace. 
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Documents Related to the Partnership

August 18, 2014 Foundation Statement of Intention (PDF)
June 10, 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)

State Standards

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