Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

About DESE

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Education which provides leadership, support and service to schools, districts and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement.
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For more information, please contact:

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4475


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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