In an effort to improve educational opportunities for all students, Arkansas policymakers have made education reforms in many areas since 2003, such as increasing school funding by nearly 30 percent, consolidating both districts with enrollments below 350 students and inefficient schools, and strengthening accountability measures designed to raise academic achievement. However, there is little empirical evidence about how any of these reforms have impacted districts, schools, and students across the state, so policymakers have no way of knowing whether such reforms have the potential to improve student achievement and help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their more privileged peers.
Blankenship, Virginia H. and Barnett, Joshua H., "Superintendents Speak Out: A Survey of Superintendents’ Opinions Regarding Recent School Reforms in Arkansas" (2006). Arkansas Education Reports. 49.