Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education



The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is comprised of five divisions.  Each division is headed by an assistant commissioner.

In addition, there are separate offices under the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.


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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