Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

High Reliability Schools (HRS) in Arkansas

High Reliability Schools Timeline for 2019-2020High Reliability Schools Workshops

Please check out the 2019-2020 HRS Timeline.

High Reliability Schools Webinar with Mario Acosta

Access the recording of the April 22, 2019 webinar with Mario Acosta at Enter the password: ADE. For more information. go to Commissioner's Memo COM-19-100

High Reliability School Webinar with Dr. Bob Marzano

Access the recording of the January 23, 2019 webinar with Dr. Bob Marzano at Enter the password: ArkansasHRS. You may also access a PDF of the slide presentation at webinar slides.

HRS in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) team members are very excited about the next step in our journey to transform education in Arkansas. In the Arkansas Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, we established a theory of action whereby ADE will support all districts in using a continuous cycle of inquiry to provide each student with an educational experience that is rigorous, challenging and rewarding.

Over the past several months, we have asked ourselves, “What is an evidence-based approach to support all districts with their local cycles of inquiry?” Additionally, it was critical that this approach could be tailored to the needs of individual districts and not be a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

We believe we have found the answer, and we kicked off 2019 by sharing some important resources with educators that set the foundation for our future collaborative work toward High Reliability School (HRS). For more information about HRS, go to

This effort included the following:

Each superintendent and principal received a copy of two books:  "A Handbook for High Reliability Schools" and "Leading a High Reliability School".

Each school was provided access to a survey to measure safety and collaborative culture. The survey link and results will be accessed through the Digital Sandbox. 


HRS Information

High Reliability School information, including a video and informational flyer, is available at Commissioner's Memo COM-19-079.




For more information, please contact:

Missy Walley, Director of Special Projects
Arkansas Department  of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4475

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