Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

What is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was signed into law April 9, 1965, by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to improve education opportunities for children. The bill has been reauthorized many times over the 50-plus years.  
Recent Reauthorization Timeline

What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for Arkansas?

Arkansas submitted an Arkansas Accountability System which was approved by the U.S. Department of Education. To learn more about the work in Arkansas, visit the ESSA page.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

For more information, please contact:

Deborah Coffman, Assistant Commissioner
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 19
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5891

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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