Arkansas



State Governance

State Board of Education

Arkansas’ State Board of Education consists of nine members, each serving a seven-year term.

Arkansas State Board of Education has authority over:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Appoints Chief State School Officer

Governor

                Asa Hutchinson (R)

Chief State School Officer

                Johnny Key

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 61.2%

English Language Learners: 7.3%

Served by IDEA: 13.3%

2015 NAEP State Data

 

Reading data for Grade 4 race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average:

Reading data for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph:

 

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average:

 

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph:

 

Science data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools:

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 45

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 19,179

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Arkansas intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Arkansas’ ESSA approach.