State: Arkansas

Overview

Arkansas
Your guide to data and services for Arkansas

SREB works with Arkansas policymakers, colleges and schools to help them improve education. From this page, find independent, accurate data, reliable best practices and ways to share scarce resources. Plus: details on how Arkansas makes use of SREB’s many targeted programs and services.

Arkansas Members of the Board

Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas, Little Rock, ex officio (2019)  
Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Little Rock (2020)
Teresa Inman, Media Specialist, Paris (2019)
Johnnie Roebuck, former State Representative, Arkadelphia (2017)
Donnie Whitten, School Superintendent,  Arkadelphia (2018)

Appointments to the Board are made by the governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.

Arkansas Members of the Legislative Advisory Council

Charles Armstrong,State Representative, Little Rock 
Eddie L. Cheatham, State Senator, Crossett 
Alan Clark, State Senator, Lonsdale
Bruce Cozart,​State Representative, Hot Springs 
Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Little Rock
Bill Gossage, State RepresentativeOzark 

Publication September 20165 pages

Arkansas
College Affordability Profile

To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels.

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Publication June 201640 pages(16E07-AR)

Arkansas: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace

Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace is the seventh biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.

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News

Arkansas: A commitment to literacy as well as math
State news about SREB Readiness Courses

2013 legislation in Arkansas calls for the high schools to assess students before they graduate from high school and offer transitional courses for those who do not meet college- and career-readiness standards. In response, the Arkansas Department of Education trained more than 300 educators to teach the SREB Readiness Courses — more than half of them for the Literacy Ready course, demonstrating a major commitment to literacy in Arkansas.

Strategies That Work
Debbie Blankenship

FALs Yield High Dividends

Dr. Jeanne Glover, math specialist at the Jonesboro Public Schools district in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was trained in the Mathematics Design Collaborative during the 2013-14 school year with SREB math consultant Amanda Merritt. Glover believes the MDC tools fit well with her K-12 mathematics vision for the district.

So Debbie Blankenship, math teacher at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, joined two other district teachers for initial MDC training in May 2014.

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Adriane Duke

Blending MDC Strategies with Project-Based Learning in the Algebra Classroom

Adriane Duke is an Algebra 1 teacher at Annie Camp Junior High School. She first learned about the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) during an initial training, led by SREB math consultant Amanda Merritt, in May 2014. Duke’s school had previously trained on project-based learning (PBL) through the Buck Institute. Duke was excited about both initiatives and felt the two complemented each other, so she worked to incorporate them into her lesson plans. PBL and MDC became a major part of her classroom culture.

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Adriane Duke

Blending MDC Strategies with Project-Based Learning in the Algebra Classroom

Adriane Duke is an Algebra 1 teacher at Annie Camp Junior High School. She first learned about the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) during an initial training, led by SREB math consultant Amanda Merritt, in May 2014. Duke’s school had previously trained on project-based learning (PBL) through the Buck Institute. Duke was excited about both initiatives and felt the two complemented each other, so she worked to incorporate them into her lesson plans. PBL and MDC became a major part of her classroom culture.

Publication September 20144 pages

High School to College and Careers, Arkansas 

Are standards, assessments and readiness policies aligned to promote smooth transitions? Details on Arkansas policies and requirements for high school graduation, accelerated learning, academic and career planning, college and career readiness, college admission, state financial aid and more.

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Publication May 20133 pages

Arkansas Accountability Profile

Arkansas’s plans under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind: policies for raising student achievement, evaluating school performance, and identifying low-performing schools for state assistance. 

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State Progress Highlights
Arkansas

From Arkansas: Taking Stock and Pushing Forward, 2014

Student Outcomes 

Arkansas’s state-funded pre-K program met nine of the 10 nationally recognized standards of quality.

Publication June 201236 pages(12E04)

Arkansas: A Decade of Progress

This report outlines a decade of the state’s progress toward meeting SREB’s  Challenge to Lead education goals. Data on key education measures for each of the 12 goals are presented, with commentary that puts the information in a regional and national context. The lead figures on each page also are available as PowerPoint slides at http://www.sreb.org/index.html

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