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 uses SREB’s 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) Vice Chair of the SREB Board​
Lori Griffin, Principal, Ballman Elementary School, Fort Smith (2021)
Teresa Inman, District Instructional Technology Coordinator, Paris Public Schools (2019)
Donnie Whitten, Superintendent, Arkadelphia Public Schools (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

Sonia Barker, State Representative, Smackover
Eddie L. Cheatham, State Senator, Crossett 
Alan Clark, State Senator, Lonsdale
Bruce Cozart,​State Representative, Hot Springs 
Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Little Rock
Grant Hodges, State Representative, Rogers
Mark Lowery, State Representative, Maumelle 

Publication June 20176 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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News SREB News Release
Marla Davis, Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi, Arkansas Educators Win National Readiness Awards
Outstanding leadership in improving college readiness for high school students

Four educators were honored this week for their work to help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. Mary Zluticky of Horn Lake High School in Mississippi, Phil Wesson of Sheridan High in Arkansas, and Marla Davis and Jean Massey of the Mississippi Department of Education won SREB awards.

Blog post Wanda BarkerDirector, Educational Technology Cooperative

Arkansas Schools Exceed Federal Broadband Connectivity Goals

Congratulations to the Arkansas Department of Education for its broadband connectivity accomplishments! Arkansas is now one of only six states in the nation that have met the federal target for high-speed broadband in every public school.

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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Publication May 20164 pages

Professional Learning
Arkansas

SREB researchers gathered information on efforts in Arkansas, particularly at the Arkansas Department of Education, to foster effective professional learning on the state’s college- and career-readiness standards, the Common Core State Standards. In collaboration with SREB states and national experts, SREB identified a set of expected state actions — “look-fors” — in four areas of state leadership in professional learning.

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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.

Spotlight
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.