LITTLE ROCK (August 25, 2016) — The Arkansas Department of Education today announced opportunities for stakeholder engagement regarding the Arkansas Accountability System.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and gives states and districts more authority to develop their own accountability system.
For more than a year, ADE has collaborated with stakeholders to develop a strategic vision for excellence in education in Arkansas. In order to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, a comprehensive accountability system must be developed in order to measure whether students and schools are meeting educational expectations.
“Arkansas is leading the nation in computer science education, and we can provide the same leadership role in education as a whole by providing a more student-focused education starting with every child in Arkansas,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Our Department of Education is leading the way by creating a state plan and accountability system under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. ADE, under Commissioner Key’s leadership, is working to create a transparent process that engages students, educators, parents and other stakeholders from across the state. Together we can create a plan that will not only elevate the level of education in Arkansas but will cement our state as a national leader on this critical issue for generations to come.”