April 30, 2015

Arkansas to Focus on Homeless Students

July 16, 2018

Ginny Monk reports for Arkansas Online that state education officials who work with homeless children say Arkansas’ ESSA plan—which “will rank schools on a variety of factors, including absenteeism”—will “help identify needs and keep more students in school,” including children without stable housing, who “are...

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Arkansas Deploys State School Scoring System

April 21, 2018

Kaitlyn Rigdon reports for the El Dorado News-Times that the Arkansas Department of Education has released letter grades for the 2016-2017 school year, which are based on the state’s ESSA plan “School Index,” which “is comprised of multiple indicators, including achievement, growth rate, graduation rate,...

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Emergency A-F Rules in Arkansas

February 24, 2018

According to Arkansas Online, emergency rules for the state’s new A-F grading system recently received approval from the Arkansas Board of Education and will soon be presented to a legislative subcommittee. The “Arkansas Department of Education staff sought to revise the A-F school grading system...

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Dept. of Education Wants “Tweaks” to Arkansas’ Plan

January 6, 2018

According to Arkansas Online, the U.S. Dept. of Education has asked Arkansas education officials to address specific aspects of its ESSA plan, specifically those “that deal with base-line achievement data and interim measures of student progress.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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AR’s ESSA Plan Almost Ready for Submission

September 5, 2017

After more than a year of prep, Arkansas’ ESSA plan is “nearly ready for its Sept. 18 submission to the U.S. Department of Education.”

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AR Dept. of Ed Releases First Draft ESSA Plan

April 26, 2017

The Arkansas Dept. of Education released the first draft of the state’s draft ESSA plan. The second draft plan will be available for public review and comment on May 15.

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AR Dept. of Ed Announce Plan to Submit Final ESSA Plan in September

January 15, 2017

The Arkansas Dept. of Education announced the state will submit their final ESSA plan in September. The dept. “welcomed the new deadline” and wrote that the state will have “three years of student test data from the ACT Aspire tests by the time the new...

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Dept. of Education Completes Final Stop in Community Listening Tour

October 26, 2016

Coverage of the Arkansas Dept. of Education’s final stop in a 10-city community listening tour indicates that the next step is for state officials to study the feedback from the tours in early 2017. The state will reportedly release a draft of its state plan...

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AR Dept. of Education Continues Stakeholder Meetings

October 22, 2016

As part of its ongoing stakeholder meetings, the Arkansas Dept. of Education “will study the feedback, find points of consensus and work to narrow the focus into criteria that can be measured.” A draft of the state’s plan is expected to be ready for public...

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AR Dept. of Education and State Ed Commissioner Hold News Conference on Stakeholder Engagement

August 25, 2016

The Arkansas Department of Education and State Education Commissioner Johnny Key held a news conference last week announcing more opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the process of creating Arkansas’ new accountability system under ESSA. The ADE will begin their listening tour in September (click...

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State Leaders Assemble Stakeholder Group

June 7, 2016

The State Board of Education and Education Commissioner Johnny Key assembled a stakeholder group to help select a consultant that will work to increase collaboration and coordination among traditional public schools and charter schools. One of their first tasks will be to define a “high-quality school,” which...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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AR Dept. of Education Launches ESSA Website

May 1, 2016

Arkansas’ State Department of Education has established an ESSA website. You can visit it here.

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