State law requires districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.
Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.22.20-3.00. Parental Involvement Plans
3.01 Each public school district, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan that establishes the district's expectations for parental involvement, and that includes programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families. 3.01.1 Collaboration with parents may be accomplished through the coalition of parents and representatives of agencies, institutions, businesses and industries. 3.01.2 Annually by October 1, the public school district's parental involvement plan shall be: 3.01.2.1 Developed, or reviewed and updated by the public school district; 3.01.2.2 Posted to the website of the public school district; and 3.01.2.3 Filed with the Department's electronic filing process in electronic format, specifically in Microsoft Word (.doc or.docx), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), or Rich Text (.rtf) format. 3.01.2.4 Provided in a parent-friendly summary as a supplement to the student handbook. 3.01.2.4.1 The parent shall sign a form acknowledging receipt of the summary and return the signed form to the school where the student is enrolled. 3.02 Each public school, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan that reflects the specific academic improvement needs of the school, and that includes programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and address the specific parent involvement needs of students and their families. 3.02.1 Collaboration with parents may be accomplished through the coalition of parents and representatives of agencies, institutions, businesses and industries required for development and implementation of the school-level. 3.02.2 The parental involvement plan shall be incorporated into the public school's improvement plan. 3.02.3 Annually by October 1, the public school's parental involvement plan shall be developed, or reviewed and updated by the public school. 3.02.4 Annually by October 1, the public school shall post to the website of the public school or public school district: 3.02.4.1 The public school's parental involvement plan; 3.02.4.2 A parent-friendly explanation of the public school's and public school district's parental involvement plans; 3.02.4.3 The informational packet required by Section 5.01.1; and 3.02.4.4 Contact information for the parent facilitator designated by the public school under Section 5.08 of these Rules. 3.03 A public school's parental involvement plan shall: 3.03.1 Involve parents of students at all grade levels in a variety of roles, including without limitation: 3.03.1.1 Involvement in the education of their children; 3.03.1.2 Volunteer activities; 3.03.1.3 Learning activities that support classroom instruction; 3.03.1.4 Participation in school decisions; 3.03.1.5 Collaboration with the community; 3.03.1.6 Development of school goals and priorities; and 3.03.1.7 Evaluating the effectiveness of the school-level improvement plan; 3.03.2 Be comprehensive and coordinated in nature; 3.03.3 Recognize that communication between home and school should be regular, two-way, and meaningful; 3.03.4 Promote and support responsible parenting; 3.03.5 Acknowledge that parents play an integral role in assisting student learning; 3.03.6 Welcome parents into the school and seek parental support and assistance; 3.03.7 Recognize that a parent is a full partner in the decisions that affect his or her child and family; 3.03.8 Recognize that community resources strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning; and 3.03.9 Support the development, implementation, and regular evaluation of the program to involve parents in the decisions and practices of the school district, using, to the degree possible, the components listed in this section.
Arkansas Code 6-15-1005. Safe equitable and accountable public schools
(c) Local schools will work with parents, families, and business and community members to incorporate responsibility, character, self-discipline, civic responsibility, and positive work habits into adult contacts with students and to promote student demonstration of these behaviors.
Arkansas Code 6-15-2108. School Rating System
(a) The school rating system shall be a multiple-measures approach that shall include without limitation:
- (1) Academic achievement on the annual statewide student assessment;
- (2) Student growth on the annual statewide student assessment;
- (3) School-level graduation rate or rates; and
- (4) English-learner progress or growth in acquiring English.
(b) The school rating system shall consider without limitation at least one (1) or more of the following indicators:
- (1) Closing the achievement gap;
- (2) Academic growth of student subgroups, including without limitation economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, English learners, and students with disabilities;
- (3) The percentage of the grade nine (9) cohort with on-time completion of credit attainment at the end of grade nine (9);
- (4) Equity in resource allocation;
- (5) The percentage of students who earn:
- (A) Advanced placement credit;
- (B) Concurrent credit;
- (C) International Baccalaureate credit; or
- (D) Industry-recognized certification that leads to articulated or concurrent credit at a postsecondary institution;
- (6) Student access to multiple flexible learning continua, including but not limited to personalized, competency, or mastery learning;
- (7) Student access to preschool offered by the public school district;
- (8) The proportional percentage of qualified educators who hold a National Board for Professional Teaching Standard certification or have an advanced degree beyond their bachelor's degree; and
- (9) Public school district and community partnerships.