Johnny Key

Secretary of the Department of Education

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On May 22, 2019 – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Johnny Key as the Secretary of the Department of Education as part of his plan to transform state government. Key currently serves the state as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), soon to be known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. He will continue to serve in both capacities.

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ADE Vision

"Every Arkansan is equitably prepared, supported, and inspired to succeed in school, career, community, and life."

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What's New?


Scholarship Application Management System – Applicant Portal goes ‘live’

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE): Division of Higher Education (DHE) is pleased to announce the release of the new Scholarship Application Management System (SAMS) Portal. SAMS replaces the YOUniversal System.


ADE launches new K-12 Division of Elementary and Secondary | DESE website

The Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education: Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to launch a new version of its website.


ADE Launches Statewide Community Resources | SCR Portal

ADE Launches Statewide Community Resources Portal on ADE Data Center platform.

Latest Blog Post

Secretary's Latest Blog Post

Into the Unknown: A Letter to First-Time College Students

Whether you started school this week or last week, you know that the beginning of school is such an exciting time. There are new people to meet, new things to learn, and fresh experiences to have every day! However, this time of year can also be a rather stressful one, especially for students who are taking the leap from a K-12 education to a college one.

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Transformation Savings

Post Transformation., ADE has been able to save $7,365,879.95 in the areas of Digital Transformation (Intranet Apps), Information Systems Development and Human Resources.

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Transformation Savings

Performance Center

Transformation Savings

Check out performances from various programs such as Reading Initiative for Student Excellence (R.I.S.E.), Higher Education Scholarship, Arkansas Educator Licensure System, and more.

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