News Releases

News Releases

The U.S. Department of Education awards Arkansas more than $5 million through the School Improvement Grants Program

12/23/2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that seven states will receive over $43.4 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Two of the states -- Arkansas and Kentucky – will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools.

Springdale School District Wins Race to the Top-District Grant

12/17/2013

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that five applicants have won a total of approximately $120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition.

PARCC Governing Board Approves Data Privacy and Security Policy; Reviews Field Testing Plans

12/11/2013

The Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) approved a policy to protect the privacy and security of student data and discussed school and district progress towards the spring 2014 PARCC field test.

Arkansas State Offices to Open Monday with Two-hour Delay

12/08/2013

While state offices in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area will open on Monday, Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads.

Governor Beebe Declares Statewide Emergency For Winter Weather

12/05/2013

With winter weather already impacting Arkansas, and ice storm warnings in effect for Central Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe declared a statewide disaster for Arkansas Thursday afternoon.

Arkansas & Delaware Achieve DQC's 10 State Actions!

11/21/2013

For the first time ever, two states—Arkansas and Delaware—have achieved all of Data Quality Campaign’s 10 State Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use. These two states have marshaled the leadership, policies, and resources to overcome the barriers of turf, trust, technical issues, and time that many states still face.

New Analysis: States Providing Parents and Educators Better Access to Data

11/21/2013

States have more capacity than ever to use secure education data, but need to place a greater focus on using the right data to answer the right questions to improve student success, according to the Data Quality Campaign’s (DQC) ninth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2013: Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers.

Palestine Wheatley Teacher Named 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

11/18/2013

Jonathan Crossley, an English language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School in St. Francis County, was named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year today at a surprise notification in Palestine.

Arkansas's New Promise

11/18/2013

The Arkansas Department of Education recently received a $32 million federal research grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This award, known as the PROMISE grant, was created to help teenagers with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income.

Arkansas' Eighth-Grade Reading Scores on National Assessment Show Significant Increase

11/07/2013

Arkansas' eighth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed a significant increase in 2013.

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