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Our States: Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education. Every Arkansan student will be equitably prepared, supported, and inspired to succeed in school, career, community, and life. The Region 14 Comprehensive Center supports ADE’s work across four strategic focus areas:

  • Building foundational literacy

  • Strengthening pathways to career and life

  • Serving the needs of the whole learner

  • Equipping staff and strengthening systems


View our State Profile of Arkansas here


Please visit the ADE website for more information about Arkansas’s educational vision, mission, and goals. 

Jacob Oliva, Secretary of Education. 1,042, K-12 Public Schools. 261, School Districts. 473,861 K-12 Student Enrollment. 64.72%, Economically Disadvantaged Students. 34,027, Certified Teachers.

Source: ADE Data Center


“The thing that I love about it the most is that it's what we need as a state. It's based on our data, our initiatives, our unique demographics. It's not an off the shelf canned approach to help us be successful. It's very customized. They've helped us look at data to identify some of these pieces. Then they've really curated the right supports to help us along the way.”

Gina Windle , Chief of Staff, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arkansas Department of Education