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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What's New?


Arkansas Academic Playbook: Addressing Unfinished Learning

The Arkansas Academic Playbook was created in an effort to provide resources and/or guidance in tackling unfinished learning for teachers by fellow teachers upon the return to school.


Arkansas Ready for Learning Model

June 4, 2020, the ADE: Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the Arkansas Ready for Learning Model. School Year 2019-2020 is coming to a close. Now is the time to begin planning for School Year 2020-2021.


Arkansas Department of Education Summit 2020: June 16-18

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Summit 2020 goes Virtual. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is transforming the ADE Summit to a virtual event. The conference is scheduled for June 16-18, 2020.

Latest Blog Post

Secretary's Latest Blog Post

Learning Doesn't Stop.

With school now entering its third week, I want to take a moment to say “thank you” to the students, teachers, parents, and administrators who have shown their commitment to education here in Arkansas. If you asked me six months ago if I ever thought we would find ourselves guiding an education system through a pandemic, I would have said it was highly unlikely.

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Transformation Savings

Post Transformation., ADE has been able to save $2,287,455.83 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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