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|Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.|
|Commissioner of Education:||Johnny Key|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C-|
|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:||25.5%|
|NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient|
|4th grade reading:||31.3%|
|8th grade reading:||28.7%|
Arkansas and Wisconsin have dropped portfolio assessments for English-language learners after receiving letters from the U.S. Department of Education saying the states had to prove those tests were valid or their large-scale assessment systems would be rejected under the No Child Left Behind Act.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week
Democrats shifted the balance of power throughout the states yesterday by taking at least five governors’ seats from Republicans and retaking control of legislative chambers in seven statehouses, setting the stage for Democrat-leaning education agendas that are likely to focus on boosting public school funding, expanding early-childhood-education programs, and making college tuition more affordable.
November 8, 2006 | Updated: February 22, 2019 – Education Week (Web)
Black legislators and school leaders in Arkansas are protesting the loss of dozens of African-American school board members, superintendents, and principals, nearly two years after the legislature voted to force dozens of the state’s smallest school districts to merge with neighboring districts.
January 4, 2006 – Education Week
Experts warned Southern education leaders meeting here that falling graduation rates may threaten the region’s progress in improving students’ test scores, access to preschool, and other advances in recent years in the poorest region of the United States.
June 29, 2005 | Updated: June 28, 2018 – Education Week (Web)
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