ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-06-096

Date Created : 04/03/2006


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
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Type of Memo: Administrative
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Restriction on Contracting with Outside Vendors

Regulatory Authority:
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110) and Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-401 et.seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Annette Barnes

Phone Number:


The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that the state education agency make technical assistance available consistent with specified priorities to schools identified as being in School Improvement. In compliance with state and federal laws, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) must take action(s) it determines to be appropriate to assist schools that are faced with major accountability challenges.

Given the requirements of NCLB, and Arkansas Act 35, the ADE is requesting that districts and/or schools in Year 3, 4 or 5 of School Improvement NOT engage in contracting with external/private contractors for School Improvement initiatives for the 2006-2007 school year. This is a temporary situation, and does not apply to contracts for supplemental education and services, nor to already existing contracts for School Improvement initiatives for the 2006-2007 school year (just new contracts).

The ADE is in the process of selecting scientifically based research interventions that will substantially increase the likelihood that all students enrolled in Arkansas schools will meet or exceed the State’s proficient levels of achievement.

Communications regarding the ADE’s technical assistance to schools in School Improvement Years 3, 4, and 5 will be forwarded in the very near future. A meeting will be scheduled to provide additional information regarding the partnership for School Improvement for the 2006-2007 school year.

Patience and cooperation in this matter are needed and appreciated.


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