Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Vision for Excellence in Education

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The Arkansas Department of Education is transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.


The Arkansas Department of Education provides leadership, support, and service to schools, districts, and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement.


Strategic Plan

For more information, please visit the Arkansas Department of Education FY 2018 – FY 2019 Strategic Plan.




  1. a. Striving to be a model of excellence that is dedicated to professional and ethical standards, the whole child, and effective results.
  2. b. Driving action toward excellence through informed risk-taking.
  3. c. Protecting the public trust by ensuring quality and accountability


  1. a. Collaborating with others through mutual respect, trust, and professionalism.
  2. b. Communicating in an open, honest, and transparent manner.
  3. c. Fostering new ideas and promoting effective practices.


  1. a. Providing quality service in a respectful, effective, and professional manner.
  2. b. Administering agency programs and services with integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  3. c. Leveraging state resources in a wise, efficient, and productive manner.


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Arkansas Accountability System and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The vision will guide the work of the Arkansas Accountability System. For more information, please go to the Every Student Succeeds Act webpage.


State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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