Arkansas Education

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The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a new standardized test to replace an assessment associated with the controversial Common Core standards, less than a month after rejecting the switch backed by the governor.

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin (R) speaking in the rotunda of the Arkansas Capitol in the spring of 2015.
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Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin said the Council on Common Core Review will not issue recommendations as early as he had hoped but a report will still be compiled “well in advance” of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s early fall deadline.

In a June 8 joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees Griffin told lawmakers he wanted to have a report from the council completed by the end of June.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to the Little Rock Rotary 99 Club.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says multiple proposals from standardized testing companies after he ordered education officials to drop out of an assessment linked to the Common Core standards.

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After several days of political wrangling over which assessment to use for public schools students in Arkansas, Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus declined to weigh in on the debate.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is telling education officials to drop the state's involvement in a standardized test linked to the Common Core standards, despite a state board rejecting his request to do so earlier this month.

Hutchinson on Monday directed Education Commissioner Johnny Key to withdraw the state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium. Hutchinson said the withdrawal was in accordance with a 2010 memorandum of understanding the state signed.

UAMS Lands $3.9 Million To Continue Biomedical Research

Jun 10, 2015
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Science, administrator of the Arkansas INBRE program promoting biomedical research across the state, has been awarded $3.9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the program.

INBRE stands for IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin heads the Common Core task force.
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Arkansas officials have moved to change the state's standardized testing provider as part of an ongoing review of whether to retain Common Core education standards.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that the state will terminate its agreement with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and instead contract with ACT.

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review recommended the move in part because of ACT's national recognition and shorter testing times.

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor credited with expanding the first Criminal Justice program in the state has died.

State Department of Education Building in Little Rock.
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The Arkansas State Board of Education took a step to divide the Pulaski County Special School District Wednesday.

The board approved an amended version of a report recommending the cities of Sherwood and Maumelle form their own districts.  Western portions of Little Rock would move from the PCSSD to join the Little Rock School District.

PCCSD Superintendent Jerry Guess told board members he thinks the changes will lead to greater inequity in schools.

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The number of degree seekers at the state's public universities remains steady, but those students are now graduating more quickly.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education says statewide, the average percentage of students graduating in four years has risen from 21.5 percent of 14,305 first-time students entering a public university in fall 2007 to 25.7 percent of the 16,032 students entering in fall 2011.