Alternative Education is part of the Division of Learning Services. Through leadership that strongly encourages the development of meaningful research-based intervention programs for Arkansas students, Alternative Education aims to renew the hope of at-risk students for a brighter future.
Arkansas Qualified Teachers (AQT) - The State Board of Education has approved an additional option for Alternative Education teachers to demonstrate content knowledge, as required by the AQT rules. This option can be seen at: adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=1976
The Alternative Education team works with schools to ensure that students who require a non-traditional educational environment have opportunities to learn at high levels. It is the mission of the Alternative Education team to provide leadership, support, and service to schools, districts, and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement.
State law requires that the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education submit a report annually to the state legislature. The data gathered from the annual report and program descriptions assist in developing information provided in that report. The Arkansas Public School Computer Network and the ADE Data Center also provide data.
The Alternative Education Unit is dedicated to improving the quality of education for Arkansas' hardest to reach students. The Quality Program Indicators Self-Assessment Tool can be used to inform improvement efforts for Alternative Education programs. This tool is located under Related Files on this webpage.
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