Teacher and Administrator Recruitment and Retention Plan

Act 646 of the 2021 regular session amended Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-1901 and § 6-17-1902 and added § 6-17-1903. The law, as amended, states that all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must prepare and post to their website by August 1st of each year a three (3) year Teacher and Administrator Recruitment and Retention Plan. An employee must be designated to coordinate the implementation of the plan. Plans must be reviewed and updated annually and must include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Annual goals for
    • Recruiting and Retaining teachers/administrators of minority races/ethnicities who increase diversity among staff and, at a minimum, reflect the racial/ethnic diversity of the district's students;
    • Increasing the number of students who pursue careers in education with an emphasis on students of minority races/ethnicities;
  • The actions and steps taken/will take to meet its each of the goals;
  • The progress in meeting each of the goals;
  • The evaluative methods it will use to measure progress towards meeting the goals;
  • If applicable, the reasons for not meeting previous goals and the steps it will take to overcome those reasons;
  • The steps it will take to encourage students to pursue a career in education;
    • Steps specific to students of minority races/ethnicities;
  • Teacher and administrator recruitment and retention data to show the:
    • Racial/ethnic composition of teachers/administrators employed for each of the previous three (3) years;
    • Effectiveness of the plan;
  • Local data related to educator recruitment and retention

 All plans must reflect data analysis

 Districts are encouraged to review the additional data points below in order to justify goals or evaluate effectiveness of actions.


For more information, please contact:

Oliver Dillingham, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Legal Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 25
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4213
Fax: 501-682-7288
Lasonia Johnson, Public School Program Advisor
Lance LeVar, Public School Program Advisor

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