Arkansas State Commissioner of Schools: Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell
Length of School Year: A minimum of 178 school days is required by Arkansas state law.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 244 public school districts in Arkansas.
Number of Public Schools: There are 1145 public schools in Arkansas. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 480,559 public school students in Arkansas. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 37,240 public school teachers in Arkansas.****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 38 charter schools in Arkansas.
Per Pupil Spending: Arkansas spends $8,853 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In Arkansas is 12.9 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 67.6% of schools in Arkansas are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.5% of students in Arkansas are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 6.2% of students in Arkansas are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 59.6% of student in Arkansas schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.8%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.7%
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 : 279 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Arkansas. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 259 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Arkansas. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 62.5% of students in Arkansas go on to attend some level of college. ***
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.*
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 a list of partial salary schedules provided by each district according to the Arkansas State Department of Education.
*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