Standards & Systems Support

About the Standards & Systems Support Unit

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Rules Governing the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts (2022) set the requirements for every public school in the state. The ADE has the responsibility of monitoring to ensure that all public schools comply with the Standards for Accreditation. The Standards & Systems Support Unit will work with districts and schools to ensure that the educational foundation is established and maintained through adherence to the Standards for Accreditation. The ADE will communicate monthly through the Standards for Accreditation tool (SFA). The 2023-2024 Standards for Accreditation Monitoring Tool was developed to provide a comprehensive review of the standards monitoring process and should be used to retain records as appropriate.

To find the specialist for your co-op go to Standards & Systems Support.

Bi-Annual Review of the Standards for Accreditation

At least every two (2) years, to ensure alignment with the laws of the State of Arkansas and the rules of the division. The review process will begin on August 11, 2023 and will consist of the organization of a committee of Arkansas educators, administrators, and other stakeholders to review and provide feedback to the Division staff regarding the Standards for Accreditation, particularly the Standards found to have the most violations or in conflict with state law or rules.


Parents and school districts are encouraged to work together to resolve issues regarding the educational services provided by the district. When concerns or disagreements arise, it is helpful for the parent to immediately contact their student's teacher, principal, superintendent, or local school board.

If the issue or concern is not resolved, a parent may file a complaint through the Public School Accountability Division, Standards for Accreditation Office of the ADE by emailing the information to

All complaints must:

  1. Be in writing;
  2. Include the complainant’s name, address, and telephone number; email optional;
  3. Include a detailed statement that a public school, public school district, or public charter school, has violated the Standards for Accreditation; and
  4. Include the name of the public school, public school district, or public charter school.


For more information, please contact:

Brooke McCain, Director of Standards and Systems Support
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4379






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