Johnny Key

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  • Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement
    Office for the Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement All students identified as gifted and talented in the state have the right to an appropriate...
  • Preparation for School Leader Licensure
        Administrators in Arkansas schools play a key role in the education...
  • Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program
    Above: Year 4 participants in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program, which is a first-in-the-nation public-private partnership in which...
  • TESS for Specialty Areas
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  • 6th Grade Unit Plans
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  • 2nd Grade Unit Plans
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  • 5th Grade Unit Plans
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  • Contributions of African Americans (Act 561)
    Resources for Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans (Act 561) Act 561 of 2017 provided direction to the Division of Elementary and...
  • High School Math Unit Plans
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  • 1st Grade Unit Plans
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  • Technology Planning
      The Technology Resources Unit provides technology planning guidance, professional staff development and serves as the Arkansas Technology...
  • Arkansas in the American Civil War (Act 561)
    Resources for Arkansas in the American Civil War Act 561 of 2017 provided direction to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding...
  • United States Senate Youth Program
    The U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 1962 creating the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity...
  • Employment Opportunities
    This page provides listings of career opportunities with the Arkansas Department of Education, as well as a link to the classifieds page where job vacancies...
  • Professional School Counseling Resources
    Professional responsibilities are an important component of comprehensive school counseling. Growing and developing professionally and participating...
  • Unit Plans
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  • Human Resources
    Employee Induction provides new employee orientation, verification of experience, employee identification, and employee performance evaluations. The...
  • World Languages Resources
    FLTeach – Foreign Languages Teaching Forum - A compendium of resources for teachers of various languages; includes links to authentic resources...
  • Welcome Families
    Parents need parents. We build relationships, share experiences, learn from each other, gain confidence, and feel less alone in the journey of...
  • Education Workforce Resources & Data
      Please click on the following links to get information about education...
  • Fine Arts Resources
    The following links lead to free resources that support innovative teaching and student learning in the arts. Families, community-based teaching...
  • Data Privacy Information
    The Arkansas Department of Education is committed to maintaining data privacy and supporting districts across the state by promoting ethical data use...
  • Technology Planning Guidance
    District planning is essential to assure that technology and digital learning opportunities are initiated and sustained for all students and educators....
  • Title I Comparability
    Section 1120A(c) of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965 states that local educational agencies may receive Title I funds only if state...
  • NGSS Documents
    Arkansas and 25 other lead states partnered with the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, Achieve and the American...
  • Training Material
    Please see the right-hand menu for training opportunities, videos, and additional resources for Special Education tools, including eSchool and MySp...
  • Become a Special Educator
    To learn about the various routes to educator licensure, visit the Arkansas Department of Education's webpage to get started. For additional...
  • Social Studies Sample Review Units
    Sample review units were created for Grade 8 United States History 1800-1900, United States History Since 1890, and World History Since 1450. These...
  • Additional RTI Resources and Websites
    Intervention Central Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help them implement Response to Intervention. The...
  • School Culture and Climate
    Building Positive Relationships: Get Your Crayons Back! This session focuses on building positive relationships with creativity and imagination....
  • Parenting Resources
    Families Lead Families Lead brings a network of people and organizations together to share ideas and resources. Families Lead also offers support...
  • Social Studies
    According to the National Council for the Social Studies, “The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned...
  • 7th Grade Unit Plans
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  • Becoming a Teacher or School Leader
      The impact that teachers and school leaders have on the lives of students is...
  • Resources for Parents
    What is Student Data?   Other Resources Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students - This short video for parents...
  • Dance
    Dance Resources ADE Create/Dance Arkansas Dance Network Library of Congress National Dance Education Organization PBS PBS/Free...
  • Engagement
    The following resources are available to help engage students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community in promoting and providing healthy nutrition...
  • Office of Internal Auditing
    The Office of Internal Auditing provides information and resources to assist education-oriented entities with: Discretionary grant application...
  • Military Education Coordinators
    A military education coordinator serves as a public school district’s primary point of contact for each child of a military family and his or...
  • Arkansas' Integration History
    Arkansas' Integration History The Brown v. Board decision in May 1954 found racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional....
  • High School ELA Unit Plans
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  • Arkansas Computer Science Initiative
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  • Cyber Safety Resources
    Arkansas Legislation Act 115 (2007) - an Act to define bullying and to include cyberbullying in public school district anti-bullying...
  • World Languages
    Proficiency in a second language provides cognitive, social, and professional benefits.  In an increasingly connected world, it is becoming evermore...
  • Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention
    The physical, social, and emotional well-being of students can be impacted by unwanted aggressive behavior or bullying.     In accordance...
  • COVID-19 Information
    This page is updated frequently to provide parents and educators with information and resources during the on-site closure of Arkansas public schools. The...
  • Teacher March 2015 Newsletter
    Keeping students engaged is an important part of every teacher’s job. Not only is it essential for ensuring student learning, it also helps students...
  • Assessments for Students with Disabilities
    All students are expected to participate in state assessments. Students with disabilities who are served in their school districts under an Individualized...
  • Resources for School Staff
    Resources for School Staff What is National Instructional Media Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)? National Instructional Media Accessibility Standard...
  • Health and Physical Education Resources
    Recommendations from the Arkansas Act 1298 of 2013 Task Force for the Prevention Through Education of Child Sexual Abuse Physical Education...
  • Report Card
    School Report Cards Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-1402 requires that the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) annually prepare and publish a school...
  • English Language Arts Resources
    English Language Arts Curriculum Support DESE Writing Resources English 9 and 10 Course Outline English Language Arts 9 English...
  • ACT Aspire
    Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§...
  • The ACT
    All Arkansas 11th grade students enrolled in a public or charter school will be given the opportunity to take the ACTⓇ during the spring...
  • Fine Arts
    Engagement in artistic processes allows Arkansas students to develop and realize their creative potential, explore other times and cultures, think critically...
  • Leadership Quest
      Leadership Quest Resources Arkansas is beginning its second year of the...
  • Resource Links
    The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Parents Page provides information and resources to ensure your child is healthy, challenged, supported,...
  • School-Based Mental Health (SBMH)
    The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) office of School Health Services provides guidance and technical assistant for the development of best practice...
  • Resources for Districts
    School Districts' Responsibility for Safeguarding Data All educational organizations have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the...
  • Mathematics Resources
    Instructional Resources Achieve the Core Better Lessons Dan Myer's Blog Desmos Ed Reports Educators Evaluating...
  • Food Service Management Companies
    A food service management company (FSMC) is a commercial enterprise or a non-profit organization that is or may be contracted with by a school district...
  • Health and Physical Education
    Standards and Courses Professional Development Resources Programs and Opportunities
  • Social Studies Resources
    Social Studies Sample Review Units Sample review units were created for Grade 8 United States History 1800-1900, United States History Since 1890,...
  • Teacher Support and Development
        Believing that all students should have equal access to excellent...
  • Science *UPDATED PAGE*
      As part of the STEM Unit’s vision to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused and career-minded science, technology,...
  • TESS Resource Documents
      The TESS supporting documents will assist teachers and administrators with...
  • Teacher Cadets Program Archive
    This page is an archive. To visit the main Teacher Cadets Program page, please go to http://bit.ly/2cHjHKj Summary The Arkansas Teacher...
  • Resources
    Resources for Families Litlle Rock Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational...
  • Library Media Services
    Standards and Courses Professional Development Resources Programs and Opportunities
  • COPA, Curriculum & Screening Tools
    Child Outcome Planning and Administration (COPA) If you have not received training in Child Outcome Planning and Administration (COPA), or need...
  • Student Support
    Suicide Prevention Every day someone in Arkansas dies by suicide.  Every fifth day that person is a youth between 10-24 years of age.  Suicide...
  • School Nursing
    The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education strives to improve, promote and advance the profession of school nursing by merging the evidence-based...
  • Computer Science PRAXIS 5652 Study Resources
    The Arkansas Department of Education has identified the following resources as potentially beneficial for individuals preparing to take the Computer...
  • Computer Science PRAXIS 5652 Study Resources
    The Arkansas Department of Education has identified the following resources as potentially beneficial for individuals preparing to take the Computer...
  • Parent FAQs
    FAQs for Parents and Families What is special education? Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs...
  • Mathematics
      As part of the STEM Unit’s vision to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused and career-minded science, technology,...
  • System Resources
    The Technology Initiatives and Resources Unit provides leadership, support, and service to educators and community stakeholders in the areas of training,...
  • Computer Science Teacher and Curriculum Resources
    Computer Science Curriculum Resources Elementary Curriculum Resources Bee-Bot BootUp CodeCombat CodeSpark Code.org Computer...
  • Computer Science Teacher and Curriculum Resources
    Computer Science Curriculum Resources Elementary Curriculum Resources Bee-Bot BootUp CodeCombat CodeSpark Code.org Computer...
  • Strategies for Struggling Learners
    Alternative Education Interventions, Innovation and Interesting Information Come to a fun, exciting, and interactive session on Alternative Education!...
  • Resources for Educator Preparation Program Approval
      Educator Preparation Program Information at Arkansas Institutions of Higher...
  • Visual Art
    Visual Art Resources ADE Create/Visual Art Arkansas Art Educators Arkansas Arts Center Art Babble Art Curator for Kids ART21 Artcyclopedia Artsonia Crystal...
  • Rescission/Reinstatement of a License
      Rescission of a License A license may be rescinded if a license is issued...
  • Empathy - Be Aware of Others
    EMPATHY: Be Aware of Others. See other perspectives. Value the feelings of others. Appreciate diversity. This principle...
  • Security Awareness Campaign
      Developing an effective security awareness program can significantly decrease the likelihood...
  • P-12 Cyber Threat Response Team
      No school district should feel alone when facing a cyber attack.    Arkansas’ P-12 Cyber Threat Response...
  • Library Media Resources
    Library Resources AASL Knowledge Quest Online - A print journal devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level...
  • English Language Arts
    The ability to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening is an essential 21st century skill. English language arts teachers...
  • Rural Education Achievement Program
    The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) is designed to assist rural school districts in using federal resources to improve the quality of instruction...
  • Disciplinary Literacy
    The Arkansas Disciplinary Literacy Standards for grades 6-12 describe knowledge and skills students need for reading and writing in content areas other...
  • Professional Learning Opportunities
      Microcredentialing:  Transforming Professional Learning Micro-credentials...
  • A Reentry and Reengagement Plan
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  • Kuder (Updated)
    Kuder is an online career guidance solutions provider that has helped more than 165 million people worldwide visualize what’s next in life...
  • National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)
        National Board Certified Teacher Candidate Orientation Meetings...
  • Certified Teaching Assistant
      The Arkansas Department of Education, in partnership with school districts...
  • Leader Support and Development
      Educational Leadership  Believing that all students should have equal...
  • Educator Licensure
        Currently, essential staff...
  • TESS for Counselors
    The following resources provide school counselors with Arkansas Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) counseling specific guidance documents.     TESS...
  • Equity Labs
      Arkansas is focused on ensuring that every student has access to a team of...
  • TESS for Teachers: Rubric Components Training
      Domain 1: Planning and Preparation 1a. Demonstrating Knowledge of Content...
  • Family and Community Engagement
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  • Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments (CAYSI)
    Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments (CAYSI) What We Do CAYSI serves Arkansas children with dual sensory impairments and additional...
  • Create/View/Update Your Profile
      The Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS) Login Site allows licensed educators...
  • Nita M. Lowey - 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment...
  • Provider Resources
    Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much ~ Helen Keller CAYSI Provider Resources Access materials, strategies,...
  • Education Workforce Data
      Please visit the following links to learn more about teachers in the workforce. Workforce...
  • Professional Learning Opportunities
      Learning for Teachers and Administrators The two top critical levers...
  • Science Resources
    Science Assessments    ACT Aspire: Science Grades 3-10  Dynamic Learning Maps: Science for Students with Disabilities Formative...
  • School Safety
    SchoolSafety.gov Empowers Districts and Schools With Safety and Security Resources SchoolSafety.gov, a newly launched website by the federal...
  • Approved Science of Reading Curriculum
    K-2 Approved Science of Reading Programs   The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has identified a list of  K-2 Approved...
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress
    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered periodically to a sample of students at grades 4, 8, and 12 in core subjects. ...
  • Foster Care Liaison
    NEW – Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care during COVID-19 NEW – Resources for Foster Care Liaisons, Foster Parents, and...
  • Supporting PBIS Implementation
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  • Attendance
    Chronic absence is missing so much school for any reason that a student is academically at risk. It means missing 10 percent or more of the school year...
  • Theatre
    Theatre Resources 10-Minute-Plays ADE Create/Theatre Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association Educational Theatre...
  • Equitable Access to Effective Educators
      Arkansas' Plan for Equitable Access to Excellent Educators The Arkansas...
  • Coordinated School Health (CSH)
    Arkansas Coordinated School Health  The Arkansas Coordinated School Health Program is founded on the ten components of the Whole School, Whole...
  • Superintendent Evaluation
      The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) partnered with the Arkansas Association...
  • Legislation
    The following resources provide guidance to Arkansas school counselors on legislation that are addressed in comprehensive school planning.   Act...
  • Family Support Groups
    Local Parent Groups Parents continually tell CAYSI staff that meeting and sharing with other parents that have children with similar disabilities...
  • Information Technology Services Unit
    The Information Technology (IT) Services Unit is responsible for developing and maintaining reliable communications, data, hardware and software infrastructure...
  • Continuous School Improvement Process
    Conducting a Comprehensive Needs Assessment Participants will learn a step-by-step process for conducting a comprehensive needs assessment. Presenters...
  • Resource Materials
    The information on these pages is focused on providing Arkansas teachers with access to a wide variety of resources they may find helpful in preparing...
  • Child Find
    Child find is a component of the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to locate, identify, and evaluate all...
  • Micro-credentials for Educators
      Microcredentialing:  Transforming Professional Learning Micro-credentials...
  • Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
    The purpose of providing accessible educational materials (AEM) is to ensure that all students with print disabilities have the opportunity to perceive...
  • Technical Assistance Providers
      Mission...
  • Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL)
      The APPEL application is now available. Please click on Instructions for the...
  • RTI Math Resources
    Math Screening Tools The Center on Response to Intervention at American Institutes for Research provides a web based screening tools chart of reliable...
  • Educator Support & Development
      Believing that all students should have equal access to excellent educators,...
  • Guidance and School Counseling
    Guidance and School Counseling School counseling programs are an integral part of the school’s vision and mission, are student focused and...
  • Educator Preparation News
      The Educator Preparation  Newsletter is a quarterly publication from the...
  • Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy
    The Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy recognizes Arkansas high school students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages.  It is the result...
  • Dyslexia
    Academic Reading Course Academic Reading is an ADE-approved course that allows students exhibiting characteristics of dyslexia to receive interventions...
  • Paraprofessional Training
    Background and Introduction Paraprofessionals are an integral part of special education services in today's schools. They are a vital link to...
  • R.I.S.E. Arkansas
    Reading Initiative for Student Excellence R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by...
  • Child Outcomes Summary (COS)
    "The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process is a team process for summarizing information on a child’s functioning in each of the three...
  • Curriculum
    Dyslexia ADE Dyslexia Page Dyslexia Scenarios Dyslexia Frequently Asked Questions What is Dyslexia?  video Submit...
  • Professional Development
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  • Medicaid in the Schools (MITS)
    Medicaid in the Schools (MITS) What We Do Provide public education agencies with opportunities to maximize Medicaid reimbursement and other...
  • Administrators
      Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Framework and Toolkit The framework and toolkit offer...
  • Research and Technology
    Tools and Support for Educators The Division of Research & Technology uses technology to enhance the quality of education for Arkansas'...
  • Title IV, Part A
      Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (ESEA Sections 4101-4111) The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as authorized...
  • Licensure Assessments
        Praxis Assessments Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops...
  • Support for Home School Parents
    During the COVID-19 Crisis, there have been increased questions regarding the home school process in Arkansas.  Even though...
  • Arkansas AWARE
    Arkansas AWARE is a project funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration RFA-SM-18-006 AWARE (Advancing Wellness...
  • G.U.I.D.E. for Life
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  • Parent Resources
      YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE IDEA | Spanish Version Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center Arkansas Support Network’s...
  • Month of the Military Child
    April is the Month of the Military Child! April is designated as the Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military...
  • Contest and Grant Opportunities
    #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest for the 2018-2019 School Year Thank you for looking for grant opportunities for your computer science initiative...
  • Contest and Grant Opportunities
    #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest for the 2018-2019 School Year Thank you for looking for grant opportunities for your computer science initiative...
  • Music
    Music Resources ADE Create/Music American Orff-Schulwerk Association Arkansas Choral Directors Association Arkansas Music...
  • Implementation Tools and Resources
    The vision for Arkansas K-12 science education  is to engage ALL students’ in experiences over multiple years to foster a progressively deeper...
  • Special Education
    The Special Education Unit in the Division of Learning Services collaborates with local school districts, educational service cooperatives, and other...
  • Request a Lifetime Teaching License
        Effective:  August 1, 2017, the Lifetime Teaching License...
  • College and Career Readiness (CCR)
    *NEW* Districts CCR Vendor selection list for the 2020-2021 thru 2022-2023 school years A good Student Success Plan addresses preparation...
  • Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators
        Watch the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators video at https://youtu.be/3xLo0ZiY6mE?t=1s.   The...
  • Educator Discipline
        The State Board of Education may take the following disciplinary...
  • State Part B Application
    In accordance with federal regulations governing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as amended in 2004, the Annual State Application...
  • Military Spouse Day
    Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day in the United States. Many United States...
  • Services
    CAYSI Services The Arkansas CAYSI Project identifies children who have a combined vision and hearing impairment and seeks to support the children,...
  • Additional Behavior Resources
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  • Highly Qualified Personnel
    The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rescinded the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) provisions in No Child Left Behind. The Arkansas...
  • Teachers
    "Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that...
  • About Us
    Beliefs, Vision and Mission Beliefs Nutritious, tasty, affordable school lunches and school breakfasts should be available for all students...
  • Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.
    Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive to and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching...
  • Pre-Educator Program of Study
      Considering 60 percent of teachers work 20 miles from where they graduated...
  • Teachers
    Teacher Resources ACT Aspire Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Arkansas schools will administer the ACT Aspire summative assessment to...
  • Novice Teacher and Teacher Mentoring
      2017 Survive and Thrive - All Teachers (PDF)    2017 School...
  • School Health Services
    The Arkansas School Health Services Initiative is an interagency collaboration between the Division of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and...
  • Arkansas Co-Teaching Project
    Arkansas Co-Teaching Project What We Do The Arkansas Co-Teaching Project is designed to provide support to Arkansas schools interested in planning...
  • Promoting Computer Science
    Please visit the following links to find resources to promote computer science in your school, district or organization: Governor Asa Hutchinson's...
  • Promoting Computer Science
    Please visit the following links to find resources to promote computer science in your school, district or organization: Governor Asa Hutchinson's...
  • Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC)
    Arkansas AMI for Preschool The Arkansas Division of Secondary and Elementary...
  • Wellness
    Training Materials for Child Nutrition Directors, Administrators, and Wellness Committees Wellness Updates SY 2019-20 PowerPoint Presentation (PPTX) Smart...
  • Beginning Administrator Induction/Mentoring
      Resources for Beginning Administrators 2017 TESS and LEADS Updates (PPTX)  Administrator...
  • Dispute Resolution
    About Us Parents and school districts are encouraged to work together to resolve issues regarding the educational services of a student with...
  • Easterseals Arkansas Outreach Program and Technology Services (esOPTS)
    Who We Are The Easterseals Arkansas Outreach Program and Technology Services (esOPTS) program provides quality educational and therapy consulting...
  • Compliance Resources
    Guidance Documents Special Education Process Guide Training Resources on Special Education Forms Notice of Action Examples Click...
  • Master Principal
      The Arkansas Leadership Academy Master Principal Institute was authorized by...
  • National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)
      Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)...
  • Military Families & Veterans
        The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education welcomes military families...
  • Immunizations for School-Age Children
    This page features the resources regarding immunizations for school-age children: Immunizations Requirements Rules and Regulations (PDF) WebIZ...
  • Science Standards and Courses
        The Arkansas K-12 Science Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education, represent the work of educators from across...
  • How to Obtain a License
      Online Application Apply online for the following: Standard or...
  • Parents
    Parents and Family Resources Parents and families are important partners in achieving success for all students. This webpage is designed to help...
  • Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)
      Resources for Educational Leaders 2017 LEADS Training (PPTX) 2017...
  • Arkansas Qualified Teacher (AQT)
      The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rescinded the Highly...
  • Joint Use Agreement (JUA)
    The Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by Arkansas’ governor and the...
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS)
    EARS Program @ Arkansas Children’s Hospital Who We Are The EARS (Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools) program...
  • Arkansas History
    Arkansas' Integration History  The Brown v. Board decision in May 1954 found racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional....
  • 2018-2019 Teach Arkansas Lecture Series
    The 2018-2019 Teach Arkansas Lecture Series for present and future educators featured dynamic speakers and valuable information and resources....
  • Procurement
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has very strict procurement regulations for all aspects of purchasing of goods and services with Child...
  • Understanding - Know Yourself
    UNDERSTANDING: Know Yourself. Increase self-awareness. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Develop critical thinking skills. This...
  • Equity Assistance Center
    The Responsibility of the Equity Assistance Center The Equity Assistance Center (EAC) has the responsibility of assisting and assuring that all...
  • Choices360 (Updated)
    Explore. Plan. Achieve: Career and College Readiness for EVERY Student. Choices360 gives students in grades 6-12 the tools and information...
  • Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS)
      To access Arkansas Teacher Excellence & Support System 2017 (TESS)...
  • Computer Science Education Week Announcements
    Media Advisory - Computer Science Education Week December 9-15, 2019 is Computer Science Education Week. This page features Arkansas's...
  • Computer Science Education Week Announcements
    Media Advisory - Computer Science Education Week December 9-15, 2019 is Computer Science Education Week. This page features Arkansas's...
  • Ways to Help
    Parent Resource Center Welcome to the ADE Parent Resource Center.  As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher and an advocate for...
  • Contests, Grants, and Other STEM Opportunities
    Multiple STEM Opportunities Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)  The Journal K-12...
  • RTI Literacy Resources
    Literacy Screening Tools Universal screening is a critical first step in identifying students who are at risk for experiencing reading difficulties...
  • Changing Professional Practice
      Beating the Odds: Creating a Student Centered School to Maximize Student Achievement This session will focus on the use of data and family...
  • Teacher April 2015 Newsletter
    Teachers understand the value of hard work and determination. In classrooms across Arkansas, teachers work to inspire and motivate students to reach...
  • Alternative Methods of Instruction
    Arkansas PBS website:  https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasami To begin home-based instruction using Arkansas AMI, visit the Arkansas PBS...
  • Federal Programs
    The Federal Programs Unit is committed to providing support to Arkansas schools and districts in their efforts to improve student achievement and ensure...
  • Curriculum & Assessment
    About Us The curriculum and assessment section provides guidance to local education agencies on special education curriculum development and statewide...
  • Digital Learning Providers
    For the Current Digital Provider and Course Listing, visit Approved Digital Providers. This course list is to meet the provisions of the Digital...
  • My Child/My Student
    2019-2020 My Child/My Student Campaign        The State Board of Education and the ADE Division of Elementary...
  • Mathematics Professional Development
    As part of the STEM Unit’s vision to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused and career-minded science, technology, engineering,...
  • Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)
      TESS Talk Tuesday A Virtual Office Hour for All Things TESS/LEADS...
  • Provisional Professional Teaching License
      The Provisional Professional Teaching License is a three-year, provisional...
  • Naviance
      Naviance is an online college, career and life readiness (CCLR) platform that supports Arkansas Student Success Plans by enabling students...
  • Adding to a License
      Add a Degree To add a degree to your current educator license, complete...
  • Behavior Support Specialists
    Behavior Support Specialists What We Do Behavior Support Specialists (BSS) are consultants with expertise in the area of behavior. In affiliation...
  • Decisions - Make Responsible Choices
    DECISIONS: Make Responsible Choices. Consider personal beliefs, safety and the situation. Think through potential consequences. Put your...
  • Routes to Teacher Licensure/Preparation
      Learn about the various routes to educator licensure by using this interactive...
  • Background Checks
      Currently, essential staff only are working on-site with most staff members...
  • Careers in Public School Education
      Employment Opportunities in Schools Arkansas Association of Educational...
  • Vision for Excellence in Education
    Vision The Arkansas Department of Education is transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education. Mission The...
  • Educator Effectiveness
    From Pre-K to post-secondary, every child deserves to be surrounded by a team of excellent educators every year. Ensuring equitable access...
  • District Support
    The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed progressive levels of support based on federal and state laws and regulations. These...
  • Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS)
      End-of-Year in EdReflect 2019-2020 Local Education Agencies (LEA)...
  • Communication
    How to Communicate with ME Likes & Dislikes Building a relationship and getting to know your student is a critical foundational...
  • Licensure by Reciprocity
        Currently, essential staff only are working on-site with most staff members...
  • Teacher and Student Opportunities
    This page is designed to provide Arkansas teachers and students with education-related information and resources. The information provided below includes...
  • Ethics Video & Training
      Watch the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators video at https://youtu.be/3xLo0ZiY6mE?t=1s.   PLSB...
  • Assessment
    1% Alternate Assessment Threshold The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking public...
  • Teacher May 2015 Newsletter
    As the school year comes to a close, teachers remain as busy as ever. In addition to lesson planning, grading and testing, educators must be active...
  • Meal Pattern
    Meal Pattern Breakfast Meal Pattern, Pre-K – 12 (PDF)  Lunch Meal Pattern, Pre-K – 12  (PDF)  Afterschool...
  • Assessments
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  • Civil Rights
    Civil Rights – Civil Rights compliance in USDA Child Nutrition Programs include requirements for the following: 1. Public Notification...
  • ADE Training & Professional Learning Opportunities
    The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to leading the nation in student-focused education. To meet that mission, we must support...
  • Licensure Exceptions/ALP/ALCP
      A public school, agency, or organization may apply for an exception from the...
  • Information for Veterans
    Information for Veterans Arkansas honors veterans for their service and sacrifice.  This page contains resources to assist veterans with issues...
  • Systematic Schedules
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  • PLSB/Professional Ethics/Educator Discipline
        Watch the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators video at https://youtu.be/3xLo0ZiY6mE?t=1s. The...
  • State Personnel Development Grant
    State Personnel Development Grant What We Do The State Personnel Development Grant works with districts and education service cooperatives to...
  • Home School
    During the COVID-19 Crisis, there have been increased questions regarding the home school process in Arkansas.  Even though we are...
  • Thinkfinity
      The Arkansas Department of Education and Verizon Foundation have joined in a Partnership for Education to offer the free, comprehensive digital...
  • Important Information
      1. Direct Certification Student eligibility for free meals is determined by application or by direct certification. Although direct certification...
  • Unpaid Meal Charges
    Dealing with Unpaid Meal Charges Below are resources that child nutrition directors and school administrators may use when developing their unpaid...
  • ForwARd Arkansas
          We work to advance equity, opportunity and innovation in education. ForwARd Arkansas (ForwARd) is a public-private...
  • English Language Arts Standards and Courses
    The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards represent the work of the educators from across the state. These documents include expectations for what...
  • Well-Being of Children
    Click on the following buttons to access various resources related to the well-being of children or go to after school care & summer activities,...
  • Supporting Your Child
    Parent Training SPARKLE SPARKLE is a daylong training that CAYSI provides for parents. Parents will learn more about the concepts of vision...
  • High Reliability Schools (HRS) in Arkansas
    Register for High Reliability Schools Training and Support Events If you are interested in registering for events throughout the state or surrounding...
  • High Reliability Schools (HRS) in Arkansas
    Register for High Reliability Schools Training and Support Events If you are interested in registering for events throughout the state or surrounding...
  • It's All About Meaning
    A child learns to read in the early years so that he or she can read to learn throughout life. To help strengthen reading education in the state,...
  • Education Renewal Zones
    The Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) is a broad-based P-20 initiative assigned the task of concentrating and coordinating available resources to improve...
  • Health and Physical Education Standards and Courses
    State law mandates that students in elementary school get forty minutes of physical education instruction each week (with an additional 90 minutes of...
  • Residential Facilities
    Non-Traditional Residential Facilities The primary purpose of placement in a residential facility is for the provision of 24/7 treatment and...
  • Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide Programs
    Title I Targeted Assistance Program Title I funds in a targeted assistance school must be used to improve the academic achievement of identified...
  • Arkansas Medicaid in the Schools (MITS)
    MISSION: The Medicaid In the Schools (MITS) program serves as a liaison for Local Education Agencies (LEA) to support the administration of school-based...
  • Social Studies Standards and Courses
    The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted Social Studies Standards and Courses to represent the work of educators from across the state. These documents...
  • English Learners
    NEW - USED Fact Sheet: Providing Services to English Learners During the COVID-19 Outbreak   The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education...
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    Federal Funds Waiver – approved April 21, 2020 On April 6, 2020, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) submitted a letter...
  • School-Based Health Center (SBHC)
    School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) provide basic physical, mental, dental or other services as needed. The health center provides services beyond the...
  • Renewing a License
      In an effort to deliver improved customer service and reduce costs, the Office...
  • Homeless Education Services
    McKinney-Vento Act / Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is authorized...
  • STEP 4: Provide Continuous Training
    What training can I provide? A well-rounded data privacy program requires a strong infrastructure that includes proper technologies, policies, and training....
  • Home School Announcements
    During the COVID-19 Crisis, there have been increased questions regarding the home school process in Arkansas.  Even though...
  • Section 504
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  • G.U.I.D.E. for Life
    All Arkansas students should graduate with a strong foundation of academic knowledge, experience, and proficiencies. To be successful, students also...
  • Six Ways to Increase Computer Science in Your District
      1. Identify a district and/or school lead for computer science This will demonstrate to your school...
  • Six Ways to Increase Computer Science in Your District
      1. Identify a district and/or school lead for computer science This will demonstrate to your school...
  • In the Beginning
    From day one, a child’s brain begins forming connections very quickly - connections which build the foundation for all learning he or she...
  • Archived Curriculum Leader Announcements 2016-2017
    Message 74 - December 15, 2017 Arkansas Declaration of Learning   Message 73 - November 16, 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence...
  • Educational Services for the Visually Impaired (ESVI)
    What We Do ESVI services may be accessed by obtaining a current eye medical report on the student and completing a CIRCUIT referral. If the...
  • Teach Arkansas
    Inspire & Impact Video Series The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has launched its new Inspire & Impact video series...
  • Guidance and Resources
    OSEP Guidance The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is the office within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS),...
  • Title I, Part A - Neglected Services
    Purpose The main purpose of Title I, Part A funding is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality...
  • Educator Listserv Announcements
    To be added to the DESE Curriculum Leaders ListServ please send your name, e-mail address, and district name to ADE.CandI@arkansas.gov.   Message...
  • Forms
    Afterschool Snack Program Afterschool Snack Program Review From/On-Site Review Form (PDF) Agreement & Policy Statement 2020-2021 Agreement...
  • CARES Act
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  • Parents
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  • Title I, Part D - Delinquent Services
    In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law, with the mandate to "close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility,...
  • Administrative Review
    The Administrative Review provides a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs by State Agencies of SFAs participating in the NSLP and SBP,...
  • Succeed Scholarship
    Succeed Scholarship The Succeed Scholarship Program, Ark. Code Ann. § 6-41-801 et seq., provides a scholarship to an eligible private school...
  • Prescribed Pathway Credentials
    Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act states: “By the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year: A) All teachers employed in a teaching position...
  • State Board Orders for PLSB and Licensure Actions
      Listed on this page are Licensure Actions (LA) and Professional Licensure Standards...

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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ESSA

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MY SCHOOL INFO

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