Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

2018 School Report Cards - Posted April 15, 2019

Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-1402 requires that the Arkansas Department of Education annually prepare and publish a school performance report for each public school in the state and make the report available to schools, parents, and the local community. Additionally, the report card is presented in an understandable and user-friendly format, which is required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The school report card provides information about each school, district, and the state, including achievement, growth, teacher qualification, school environment, and more.

School report cards are available under the Report Card tab on My School Info.

Learn more about the Report Card on the School Performance webpage.

Provide feedback to the Arkansas Department of Education by completing the survey:

Approved Arkansas State Plan, Amended March 11, 2019


Please read the amended, approved plan: Arkansas State Plan (Amended and Approved).



Arkansas’ ESSA Plan Amendment Request Submitted to Secretary DeVos - Approved March 11, 2019

On January 8, 2019, the Arkansas Department of Education submitted a letter to Secretary DeVos requesting an amendment to Arkansas’ ESSA plan regarding long-term goals.  This is a request to revise reporting only, no request to change accountability.  The letter and the redline amendment request are available at Arkansas Letter to Secretary DeVos and Arkansas ESSA Plan with Amendment Request. The amendment was approved on March 11, 2019: Amendment Approval Letter from Frank T. Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Approved Arkansas State Plan, January 16, 2018

Please read the final plan and submission letter: Arkansas State Plan (Original).

Our plan has been recognized as one of only seven in the nation to receive a strong rating in three major categories for its new accountability system. Learn more at


Informational Documents

Guide to ESSA Plan and a flyer about the differences between No Child Left Behind and ESSA are now available. Please read and share informational documents related to the Every Students Succeeds Act.

Topics include Vision for Excellence in Education, Arkansas Academic Standards, School Quality and Student Success, State Assessment System, and What is ESSA?

Archive of the Arkansas State Plan Process

Arkansas’ federal education accountability plan reflects more than a year and a half of ongoing collaboration, input and feedback provided by educators, parents and students around the state. The plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 15, 2017. To learn more, visit the Stay Informed Archive page. The ADE Facebook Live Series: Understanding ESSA can be found on the archive page.

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law that provides opportunity for all students.  Read the Every Student Succeeds Act at 

As part of the Vision for Excellence in Education, Arkansas is defining the  Arkansas Accountability System. Arkansas is committed to transparent communication with all stakeholders. ESSA SummaryPlease see the log of meetings and presentations at

What is my role as a stakeholder?

  1. 1. Stay Informed. We invite you to to visit this webpage often for new information. Stakeholders may click here to sign up for the Stay Informed newsletter to receive the most current information about the ESSA process.
  1. 2. Get Involved. Sign up to be an Ambassador and share the latest ESSA news with your colleagues, community members, friends and family. If you are interested in learning more about being an ambassasor, please complete the requested information and Ms. Tina Smith will be in contact with you. Thanks.  View the list of Ambassador Hosted Community Listening Forums.
  2. 3. Advocate for Students. Committees will be asked to review the Arkansas Accountability System with the lens of student’s subgroups-English Language Learner/Title III, SPED, Economically Disadvantaged, Race/Ethnicity, Foster Children, Military Dependents, Homeless, Equity for All Students. To access the application to be a student advocate, please go to  
  1. 4. Tune In. Watch the Steering Committee Meetings. The Vision for Excellence in Education and Arkansas Accountability System Steering Committee will meet periodically at 9:30 a.m. in the Arkansas Department of Education auditorium. The meetings will be open to the public, live streamed, and recorded.
  1. 5. Submit Public Comment. Submit comments, questions, concerns and celebrations regarding ESSA.

Additional Resources

           Participación de la Familia en el Cada estudiante tenga éxito Ley (ESSA)
          ¿Qué implica para mi hijo la nueva Ley Todos los Alumnos Triunfan (ESSA, por sus siglas)?

For more information, please contact:

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
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

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