News Releases

News Releases

Education Commissioner names members of Charter Authorizing Panel

08/21/2013

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announcethe names of the Arkansas Department of Education staff who will serve with him asmembers of the Charter Authorizing Panel.

New Director of Communications

08/19/2013

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce the hiring of Kimberly Friedman as the Department of Education’s new Director of Communications.

School Bus Safety Awareness Campaign

08/08/2013

School bus safety is the focus of a special statewide public awareness effort that will start Monday, August 12.  Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. is the theme for the three-week effort, which is being led by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Accessing District, School Data

07/03/2013

The contract between the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES) expired July 1, 2013.

PARCC Governing Board Takes Key Votes, Announces Field Testing Plans, Gives Progress Update

07/01/2013

The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers met on June 26, 2013. The board meets quarterly to make major policy and operational decisions on behalf of the PARCC consortium related to the overall design of the assessment system, PARCC's procurement strategy and other significant issues.

NASDTEC Elects New President at Annual Conference

06/27/2013

Dr. Frank Servedio of the Arkansas Department of Education has been elected as the president of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) for the 2013-14 year.

Arkansas Public School Groups Receive More Than $1.3 Million

06/18/2013

Today, the Walton Family Foundation further demonstrated a longstanding commitment to Arkansas public education with $1.3 million in grants to two organizations working to improve the quality of the state's K-12 schools.

Education Commissioner Names New Chief of Staff

06/17/2013

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce Deborah Coffman as the Department of Education’s new chief of staff.

State Board of Education Elects Officers

06/12/2013

The State Board of Education elected new officers at its monthly meeting this week. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville was elected chairman; and Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock, was elected vice chairman. Their leadership terms will be in effect through June 2014.

Mike Hernandez Named Assistant Commissioner of Fiscal Services

06/04/2013

Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce Mike Hernandez as the Department of Education’s new assistant commissioner of fiscal services.

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