University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

School Accountability Press Conference: Monday Nov 19th 10:30 AM

In The View from the OEP on November 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Email inboxes and smartphones at the OEP have been dinging and buzzing here in the OEP with the announcement that Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell will hold a press conference to “reveal the accountability status of Arkansas public schools.” The ADE released this announcement yesterday which includes a link to watch a live stream of the press conference Monday, November 19th at 10:30 AM. We have already had a few reporters contact our office looking for information regarding what the Commissioner might say. Unfortunately, we do not yet have the answers, but we will for sure be tuning in  this Monday.

What we can offer are two policy briefs regarding Arkansas’ plan for accountability which was outlined in the state’s successful application and receipt of an ESEA Waiver. Our first policy brief on this topic highlights Arkansas’ application, and the plan that would be implemented should the state be granted the waiver. We then released a follow-up policy brief after the waiver was granted. This follow-up policy brief highlights the July 4th ADE announcement of 48 Priority and 110 Focus schools (Priority and Focus schools are the new names for the two lowest-rated school performance categories; schools and districts in these categories are subject to ADE intervention). Further, the major differences between the accountability system under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the new revised system are also explained in the policy brief.

Considering a number of schools have next week off for the upcoming Holiday, we hope that many of you who find this topic interesting will be able to attend – or tune in online. If not, we’ll be bringing you a recap of the event shortly after Dr. Kimbrell leaves the podium. Stay tuned…

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