Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Home School Announcements

During the COVID-19 Crisis, there have been increased questions regarding the home school process in Arkansas.  Even though we are working from alternate locations, we are dedicated to serving parents.  The DESE Home School Office is excited to announce Home School Helpdesk – an interactive, digital opportunity for prospective and current home school parents.  Starting Monday, March 30 we will host Digital Office Hours at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A program advisor from our office will be available over a video chat session to discuss the homeschooling process in Arkansas and answer questions. Click here to join us!


The Home School Office is proud to provide information and support to the Home School Community in Arkansas. From time to time we have important dates or upcoming events that we think would be beneficial to you and we will post them to this page.   

AP Exams

College Board has made changes to the AP Exam ordering process for 2019-2020.  AP Exams must be ordered by November 15, 2019 in order to avoid late fees. The exam fee is $94 per exam, with a $32 per exam reduction for eligible students. There is a $40 per exam late fee for each exam ordered after the November 15 ordering deadline, and also a $40 per exam fee for unused or canceled exams. Information about these changes and other information about AP can be found at  If you have students who are interested in taking AP exams, please reach out to the school where they would like to take the exams as soon as possible to request the school administer the exams.    

Chasing the Dragon

“Chasing the Dragon” is a documentary produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration, which exposes the truth behind the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities in the State of Arkansas and across the United States. The documentary features the true life stories and experiences of people who have dealt with the opioid epidemic. The ADE is proud to partner with the Little Rock Federal Bureau of Investigation, AR Drug Director, AR State Police, AR Chief of Police and Sheriff’s Association, various state agencies, law enforcement, and community partners, to work together to coordinate a statewide same day viewing of “Chasing the Dragon” for students on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, during Red Ribbon Week. We are consistent in our efforts to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic. In 2017 we reached over 80 school districts and over 26,600 students. Last year, 2018, we reached over 130 school districts and over 43,000 students. We are bringing awareness to save lives!  If you would like to participate you can find various resources including edited versions appropriate for middle school students as well as the clean version prepared for use with high school students at this partner website:

STEM Festival

The 6th Annual Arkansas STEM Festival will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. The Festival has much to offer for students and adults alike. Schools from across the state bring their students to present and view the 100+ demonstrations on display, hear from distinguished STEM speakers, and participate by judging the entries. Awards for participants, teachers, as well as door prizes for judges will be given. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. This year, we will be exploring the theme of “Future Earth”, contemplating and celebrating the wonder and diversity of life in all its forms, on Earth and beyond, asking where we have come from, where we are going, and how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can help us sustain our planet for future generations. For information, please visit the

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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