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Arkansas Education

A Profile on Arkansas Education and Schools


Arkansas Education
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Arkansas Education

Arkansas State Department of Education

Arkansas State Commissioner of Schools:

Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 178 school days is required by Arkansas state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 239 public school districts in Arkansas.

Number of Public Schools: There are 1120 public schools in Arkansas. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 483,114 public school students in Arkansas. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 33,983 public school teachers in Arkansas.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 41 charter schools in Arkansas.

Per Pupil Spending: Arkansas spends $9,526 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Arkansas is 14.2 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 85.9% of schools in Arkansas are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.4% of students in Arkansas are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 6.7% of students in Arkansas are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 60.9% of student in Arkansas schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 64.3%

Black: 21.2%

Hispanic: 10.2%

Asian: 1.4%

Pacific Islander: 0.4%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.6%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 75.0% of all students entering high school in Arkansas graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 168.7 students per 1000 in Arkansas had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math : 278 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Arkansas. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 262 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Arkansas. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 65.4% of students in Arkansas go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 174 private schools in Arkansas.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 28,583 private school students in Arkansas.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Arkansas was $43,580.00 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of Arkansas negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Arkansas provided by the Springdale School District.


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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