Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Informational Documents

Every Student Succeeds Act
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Empowering Schools for Success: Using Effective Evidence-Based Practices to Impact Student Outcomes

Resource GuideThis resource guide features an overview and videos about evidence-based interventions. It also includes information on how each of the four tiers are defined by ESSA and how they are used to determine how an intervention is classified. General questions and responses for consideration at the district level and resources for educators to learn more about using evidence in education are also included.


Arkansas ESSA Plan  

  ESSA Index 

Business Rules & Statistics

 11. What is ESSA? (PDF)

¿Qué es ESSA? (PDF)

 20. 2017 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores FINAL posted 3/13/18  (DOCX) (PDF)
 2. Every Student Succeeds Act - A Guide to the Arkansas Plan (PDF)

 12. Grade Spans and Configurations  (PDF)

       Rangos por grados educativos y Configuraciones (PDF)

  21. 2018 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores posted 6/25/18, updated 8/17/18  ( DOCX) (PDF)

 3. The Arkansas State Plan (PDF)

 13. What is the ESSA School Index (PDF)

¿Que es el Indice ESSA por Escuela? (PDF)


 22. 2017 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 4. No Child Left Behind vs. Every Student  14. Weighted Achievement (PDF)

 23. 2016 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 15. Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (PDF) 24. 2018 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)

 6. Timeline: Arkansas, ESSA and Our Pathway to the Future (PDF)

25. State Assessment System – Peer Review (PDF)
 7. Theory of Action (PDF) 

 17. School Quality and Student Success Indicators (PDF)

Indicadores de Calidad Escolar y Éxito de los alumnos (PDF)

26. 2019 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores revision posted 6/4/19  (DOCX)  (PDF)

 8. Cycle of Inquiry (PDF)


 18. School Quality and Student Success (SQSS) Components by Grade Span posted 6/26/18 (DOCX) (PDF)

27. How Are Letter Grades Earned? (DOCX) (PDF)

 9 . Arkansas Academic Standards (PDF)

19. Improving Graduation Rates (Video) 28.  2020 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores  (DOCX)  (PDF)
  29. 2019 ESSA School Index Statistics (PPTX) (PDF)
    30. 2019 Annual School Rating Summaries (PPTX) (PDF)
    31. Impact of COVID-19 on State and Federal Accountability and Reporting (PDF)

32. 2021 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores  (DOCX)  (PDF)

Webinars, Related Documents and Resources

Series of quick videos to learn about ESSA and the ESSA School Index
  1. 1. Vision of Excellence
  2. 2. What is ESSA?
  3. 3. Grade Spans
  4. 4. ESSA School Index
  5. 5. Weighted Achievement
  6.  6. School Growth Score 
  7. 7. Graduation Rates
  8. 8. School Quality and Student Success
  9. 9. Cycle of Inquiry 

State Standards

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