Education is critically important to Arkansans. Beyond its primary function of educating Arkansas kids, the education system is a core part of community identity. Education is also critical to enhancing economic prosperity for students and communities. Survey feedback revealed almost unanimous (90%+ of respondents) agreement that education is integral to a positive quality of life, development of good citizens, and economic strength.
However, as a state, we remain far from our goal of every Arkansas student achieving transformational academic, career, and life outcomes. At the same time, ongoing statewide initiatives and reinvigorated communities are demonstrating that foundational pieces have been put in place on which we can build to accelerate progress and improvement.