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Governor:Asa Hutchinson
Commissioner of Education:Johnny Key
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:490,917
Number of school districts:290
Number of public schools:1,122
Number of public school teachers:35,430
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,616
Percent minority students:37.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:62.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.7%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:32.7%
8th grade math:27.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:31.2%
8th grade reading:28.7%

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July 11, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
A 2005 court battle over intelligent design led scientists to launch efforts to improve students' understanding of evolution.
November 17, 2010 – Education Week
A pilot program in rural Arkansas that uses mobile Internet technologies has caught the attention of educators and ed-tech enthusiasts around the country.
January 21, 2009 – Digital Directions
State officials see the new endorsement as a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to cover the math content as more students enroll in Algebra 1 in 8th grade, rather than waiting until high school.
October 22, 2008 – Education Week
Despite ideological differences, three gubernatorial veterans in the 2008 presidential race share some experiences in dealing with education.
December 19, 2007 – Education Week
Residents say the integration fight is still felt in ongoing struggles over the leadership and direction of the city's public schools.
September 19, 2007 – Education Week
Increased school funds don't always go where lawmakers intended, many state legislators are discovering.
March 21, 2007 – Education Week
When the country’s chief state school officers met last month to discuss education policy, they talked a lot about national academic standards. Such discussion appears to be rekindling a push for national standards.
December 6, 2006 – Education Week
The Department of Education last week added three more states to a pilot program that evaluates schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act based in part on the growth individual students make over time.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week

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