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The ADE Digital Locker is a secure online or digital storage space where ADE or school districts can store and manage various types of digital assets and documents. These assets will include documents, files, images, videos (as needed), and more. Digital lockers are typically accessible through the internet, and they provide a convenient way to store, organize, and access digital content from anywhere with an internet connection.

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Education Freedom Account System

Education Freedom Accounts are here for Arkansas’ eligible families! Education Freedom Accounts may be used by eligible families to cover private school tuition, fees, uniforms, and some other required expenses.

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Education Freedom Account Dashboard

Office of Early Childhood

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) continues to collaborate with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding the transition of the Office of Early Childhood (formerly known as Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education) Program to ADE. Beginning July 1, approximately 200 Early Childhood employees will transition from DHS to ADE. This allows ADE the opportunity to streamline and align education programs and services that support the birth to career continuum.

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Pathway to Licensure

Licensure Pathways for Individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Alternative Pathways to Licensure). These pathways often allow you to work as teacher of record in a school district while meeting licensure requirements.

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Words from our leaders

"Education is the foundation for success, and, with Secretary of Education and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jacob Oliva, we are ready to transform Arkansas education with bold reforms that will empower every kid to succeed. Jacob’s proven success increasing student achievement and his experience serving in many educational roles will make him an asset to my administration.

Through my Arkansas L.E.A.R.N.S. plan, we will expand access to quality education for every kid growing up in our state, empower parents, not government bureaucrats, and prepare students for the workforce, not government dependency, so everyone has a shot at a better life right here in Arkansas.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Governor of Arkansas

“Governor Sanders has the right vision to unleash Arkansas education, and I’m excited to get to work on day one to enact it. Education is the key to the future, creating opportunity for all, which is why I’ve spent my career implementing successful early learning programs, empowering parents with choices, and investing in career readiness. I am ready to continue that work here in Arkansas and look forward to working with Governor Sanders to build a bright future for our students.”

Jacob Oliva
Secretary, Arkansas Department of Education
Commissioner, ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Executive Order

Executive Order to prioritize L.E.A.R.N.S. (Literacy, Empowerment, Accountability, Readiness, Networking, and School Safety)

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SB294 / ACT 237

TO CREATE THE LEARNS ACT; TO AMEND VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE AS THEY RELATE TO EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH GRADE TWELVE EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

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ADE Transparency Dashboards

 Enrollment Range  School Letter  ESSER

Enrollment Range Dashboard: School Year 2022-2023

Statewide Information System, SIS Cycle 2 – October 15, 2022

School Letter Grade Distribution: School Year 2022 - 2023

ESSER Transparency Dashboard

Updated as of January 17, 2023

Student Statistics

16978
Pre-K Students
475207
K-12 Students
Broadband Access for Teaching, Learning and School Operations
1 Mbps per student
Broadband device with signal

Public Schools

1058
K-12 Schools
237
School Districts
23
Open-Enrollment Charter Systems
15
Education Service Cooperatives

Staff Members

32834
Certified Teachers
12114
Certified Staff
29345
Classified Staff

LEARNS Overview

L
Literacy
  • The state will improve access to quality pre-K and make reading coaches available for at-risk children.

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E
Empowerment
  • Empower parents with more choices, so no child is ever trapped in a failing school and lifetime in poverty, and curriculum transparency through innovation and online resources.

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A
Accountability
  • Reward good teachers with smart incentives, like higher pay.
  • Create a strong pipeline by allowing soon-to-be teachers to spend their entire last year in the classroom, offer alternative certification improvements, and better leadership trainings.

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R
Readiness
  • Create flexibility for students to pursue internships and apprenticeships while in school and align career and technical programs with jobs that are in high demand.
  • Establish a workforce cabinet to execute a clear vision with better coordination.
  • Launch a statewide campaign to support the work of technical and trade schools and opportunities that exist for the future workforce.

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N
Networking
  • Expand high-speed internet to make educational and career opportunities accessible.

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S
School Safety
  • Prioritize school safety by focusing on physical security, additional resource officers, mental health, and training to implement best practices.

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Myth

"Educational Freedom Accounts will hurt public education & close rural schools."

Fact

Actually, the opposite is true. Research shows that Educational Freedom Accounts lead to better outcomes in traditional public schools. That's because they empower parents of all income to customize their child's education; if the local school district is the best option, it won't lose any kids. Data from other states show that the large majority of families, when given the choice, continue to send their kids to traditional public schools and charter schools - but families deserve to have that choice.

Myth

"School choice programs give money to unaccountable private schools."

Fact

Here in Arkansas, it's not school choice; it's parental empowerment. Ultimately, parents make the best decisions for their child and know when a school is right or wrong. Often that means sending kids to their local school district, but a child's ZIP code shouldn't be the only thing determining the type of education they receive. And any private school or student that opts into this program will be held accountable and required to participate in year-end assessments, just like students in traditional public schools.

Myth

"Critical Race Theory isn't being taught anywhere in Arkansas."

Fact

President Biden's Department of Education is using nationwide guidelines and grant programs to force school districts to adopt key tenants of Critical Race Theory. That includes work from the "Abolitionist Teaching Network" and parts of the newly proposed "American History and Civics Education" priorities. The Governor's Executive Order directed the Secretary to comb through those DOE materials to ensure Washington bureaucrats can't bully Arkansas schools into teaching racist indoctrination. As Governor Sanders and Secretary Oliva have said, Arkansas will teach students how to think, not what to think.

Myth

"This gets rid of the teacher pay scale & discourages teachers from pursuing further education."

Fact

This bill simply puts salary schedule decisions back in the hands of districts and won't reduce any teacher's pay one bit. The current statewide, one-size-fits-all approach doesn't let administrators tailor their salary schedules to do what's best for students.

Myth

"This will cost taxpayers far too much."

Fact

This bill uses a mixture of existing state funds and federal grants to fund the price tag. In fact, Arkansas is still on track to enact another tax cut. And of course, quality education systems pay for themselves many times over in the long run. Every kid deserves the opportunity for a quality education that sets them up for a lifetime of success.

Myth

"This bill forces every kid to go to government-run pre-K."

Fact

This bill does not mandate pre-K or government-run childcare. We simply want those programs to exist for the families who want and need them.

Myth

"Holding kids back won't solve the problem and hurts low-income and minority children."

Fact

When only 35% of Arkansas third graders can read at grade level, we are doing struggling kids a disservice by allowing them to go to 4th grade without the tools to be successful. This bill gives them the resources to succeed, including reading coaches, tutoring grants, improved pre-k, better learning measurements, and parental notification systems.

Myth

"Community service requirements hurt low-income kids who work to help their families."

Fact

Education isn't just about what you learn in the classroom; it's also about preparing the next generation to contribute positively to their community. In certain circumstances, this plan also allows waivers in cases of family illness, homelessness, or when a child contributes to their family's income.

Myth

"Your School Safety Plan contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline."

Fact

Parents know that putting law enforcement in schools makes kids safer, no matter what the Defund the Police crowd claims. This School Safety Plan pulls directly from the Arkansas School Safety Commission's expertly crafted recommendations and puts student safety over partisan politics.

Myth

"This bill mimics Florida's Don't Say Gay Bill and discriminates against sexual minorities."

Fact

Most Americans agree that young children shouldn't be exposed to obscene sexual content in the classroom. Clearly, you haven't read Florida's bill, and you have not read this one. This bill isn't radical or discriminatory - it's about protecting kids.

Myth

"This plan unfairly gives new teachers a bigger pay bump than veteran teachers."

Fact

This plan gives districts enough money to raise every teacher's pay. It's up to administrators to take steps to retain their employees.

Myth

"Paid maternity leave will cost the taxpayers too much."

Fact

Districts can either opt into this program - and cover half of the cost - or opt out. When teachers have to quit their job just to have a family, it hurts both school performance and the taxpayer.

Myth

"Without protection, teachers will be fired unjustly."

Fact

Nothing in this plan denies teachers access to due process if they have been terminated. This simply allows districts to terminate teachers who do not perform up to reasonable standards.