About ADE


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is a dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources and technical support to school districts, schools, and educators.

As the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, ADE is responsible for implementing state and federal education laws, disbursing state and federal funds, holding schools and districts accountable for performance, licensing all educators and providing public transparency. ADE serves students, parents, and the general public by protecting the public trust through adherence to laws, strong stewardship of public funds and accountability for student performance.

The vision of the ADE is to provide an innovative, comprehensive education system focused on outcomes that ensure every student in Arkansas is prepared in post-secondary education and careers. To assist in achieving this vision, the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards and membership in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has played an integral role.

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell led in the development of ambitious goals to guide the work and provide the road map to high achieving learning communities. Those goals are: 

  • Learning Standards, Next Generation Assessments and Accountability
  • Supporting Persistently Struggling Schools
  • Improving Educator Effectiveness
  • Strengthening Stakeholder Partnerships

The combination of effective teachers, leaders and learning opportunities that ensure students are college and career ready sets Arkansas on the right course for academic success.


Alphabetical List of Topics

Common Core