Arkansas | Understanding ESSA


Many Arkansas Schools Graded A

As Cynthia Howell reports for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “a total of 169 of Arkansas’ 1,026 school campuses earned A grades from the state for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of 17 over the previous year,” according to state education leaders. The letter grades...

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Arkansas to Focus on Homeless Students

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

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

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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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

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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