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Governor:Asa Hutchinson
Commissioner of Education:Johnny Key
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:489,979
Number of school districts:258
Number of public schools:1,112
Number of public school teachers:34,933
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,394
Percent minority students:36.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:61.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.3%
Percent of English-language learners:7.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:32.0%
8th grade math:24.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.5%
8th grade reading:26.8%

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