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Educational process, Arkansas

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Office for Education Policy

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Volume 06 Issue 01


In an attempt to gauge the educational progress of the nation and each state, Education Week has published state report cards since 1997 in its annual Quality Counts series. The 13th annual report — Quality Counts 2009 — was released in early 2009. As for the overall score, Arkansas was one of only ten states in the United States that received a B. Arkansas got the highest possible grade (A+) for financial equity among districts, and its grade for “Transitions and Alignment” — or how well a state’s educational system is coordinated from elementary school to college — was a B, tied for sixth in the nation. Arkansas’ extremely strong showing has been viewed by many as evidence of the close attention that Arkansas policymakers have paid to education in recent years.