Educator Workforce Data

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Geographic and Subject Shortage Areas

The LEARNS Act (Act 237 of the 2023 Regular Session) requires the creation of an annual report on Arkansas’s educator workforce that includes teacher shortage areas. This report will be used to determine eligibility requirements for:

  • The Merit Teacher Incentive Fund Program.
  • The State Teacher Education Program (STEP), which provides loan repayment for federal loans.
  • Arkansas Teacher Academies. 

Each year the ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education produces a list of teacher shortage areas. Shortage area lists can be accessed using the links below:

2023-2024 Critical Teacher Shortage Areas
2022-2023 Critical Teacher Shortage Areas

For teachers employed in Arkansas public schools or charter schools that are identified as geographic and subject shortage areas, licensure test fee reimbursements are available on a limited basis from the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Educator Preparation Provider Quality Reports

Highly effective teachers and principals are paramount to producing college and career ready learners. To continuously improve the quality of the state’s educator preparation providers (EPPs), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) works collaboratively with traditional and alternative EPPs to report data via the Educator Preparation Provider Quality Report (EPPQR). 

The EPPQR provides information on enrollees and completers at EPPs and reports demographic and statistical data to inform policy decisions. The commitment of EPPs to providing accurate, relevant data in a timely manner demonstrates their dedication and contribution to the success of this effort. All parties involved share an interest in preparing the best possible educators to provide a quality education to all Arkansas students. 

The most recent EPPQR can be accessed here: 2022 EPPQR
All EPPQRs can be accessed here: https://eis.ade.arkansas.gov/eppr/

Title II of the Higher Education Act

All Arkansas approved educator preparation programs must adhere to reporting requirements outlined in Title II of the Higher Education Act. Those reports can be found here: http://title2.ed.gov.

Title II Contacts of Arkansas’s Educator Preparation Programs

Workforce Stability Index (WSI)

The Workforce Stability Index (WSI) is a measure of workforce quality defined in Arkansas’s state plan as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DESE uses the WSI to identify districts and schools with potential gaps in access to effective teachers and target interventions and resources intended to close those gaps.

The WSI includes 8 variables across the 5 domains (Table 1) that are commonly used measures of workforce quality. All of the variables in each domain are positively related to workforce quality, meaning that as a district or school improves on a variable, one would expect to also see improvements in their WSI scores.

The DESE relies on the WSI as a diagnostic tool to identify districts that perform poorly across all 5 WSI domains. After identifying districts and schools in need of assistance, the DESE can target support, such as human capital audits or other human capital management interventions, to improve the quality of their respective educator workforces. 

WSI data is available at the following locations:

2024 WSI High-Poverty/High-Minority Report for Title I Schools

WSI Data for 2022 and 2023

 

For more information, please contact:

Sharlee Crowson, Ed.S.
Educator Workforce Data Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401B
Little Rock, AR 72201-1019
Email: Sharlee.Crowson@ade.arkansas.gov
Office: 501-682-6349
Cell: 501-519-6185