ARC Research

Arkansas Education to Employment Report 2013

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The Arkansas Education to Employment Report for 2013 analyzes employment outcomes for Arkansas residents by level of educational attainment and the year in which their highest level of education was attained.

UDGS/APNF Training Presentation

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A presentation that covers entering data into and using ARC's UDGS system for the Arkansas Partnership for Nursing's Future (APNF) grant.

The Arkansas Workforce

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In Arkansas, there is a strong relationship between education achievement and average wages. Surprisingly, this relationship exists whether or not one actually attained a degree or certificate that one was working toward. Those with some college hours made more than those without any college education, and those with more college hours had higher average wages than those with fewer hours. While there is also a bump in wages associated with a degree or certificate, participation in higher education is associated with higher wages, even without the degree or certificate. The same hold true for those with a high school education or less. Those who left high school as a senior make more than those who left as a junior.
Link to The Arkansas Workforce Data

Data Transfer Instructions

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Here you will find instructions on how to setup WinSCP, an open source free SFTP client for Windows, to transfer data between users and the ARC's SFTP site. Included are directions how to obtain, install, and configure the WinSCP software, as well as how to upload data to the ARC's SFTP site.

ABC Shrinks Gap in Kindergarten Readiness for Economically Disadvantaged Students

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One of the most persistent challenges for education is the achievement gap between sub-groups of children. When comparing test scores for children living in different socio-economic situations, those children living in more affluent circumstances consistently score better than children living in poverty. The Arkansas Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap and Act 33 of the General Assembly’s Second Extraordinary Session of 2003 identifies narrowing the achievement gap among economically disadvantaged students as one of its priorities (Report of the Arkansas GAP Commission 2006). Additionally, the federal Equity and Excellence Commission has been charged with studying the disparities that lead to the achievement gap and ways in which federal policies can address such disparities. Its report was released in February 2013 and asserts that “[u]niversal access to high-quality early learning programs must be a matter of the highest national priority, with a special priority for children in our poorest communities.” The Arkansas Better Chance early childhood education program reduces the kindergarten readiness gap between students from different economic circumstances.

ABC/Qualls Early Learning Inventory Report

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All students entering public school in Arkansas take the Qualls Early Learning Inventory (QELI), a questionnaire based on teacher observations to identify student development in six areas: general knowledge, oral communication, written language, math concepts, work habits, and attentive behavior. In the 2011-2012 school year, almost 10% more students receiving free lunch were scored ‘developed’ when entering kindergarten after participating in an ABC program than students who had noknown pre-school. This report includes students entering public school kindergarten that have been identified as participating in an ABC program prior to enrollment. The comparison group are students entering kindergarten, not found in the ABC data, whose parents have also not indicated any other pre-school program (ie Head Start, private pre-school, etc.) when enrolling them for kindergarten. For any group to be included, at least ten students must have participated. The three sections of the report include aggregated data for all students entering kindergarten in Arkansas from 2008 through 2012; data disaggregated by the school district in which the student enrolled; and finally data disaggregated by the ABC agency the student attended.

TrustEd: A Dual-Database Trusted Broker System for Sharing Multi-Agency Data

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The state of Arkansas has created a P20W longitudinal data system that links data between the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. To protect individual privacy and comply with state and federal requirements, these data are stored in a dual-database system which keeps personally identifiable data separate from the data of research interest. A trusted broker is used to link disparate agency data together as needed for research. As many states are in the process of creating their own such “cradle to grave” systems, it is our belief that states should follow a similar path for the complete protection of individual privacy in the creation of such systems.

Arkansas Education to Employment Report 2011

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The 2011 Arkansas Education to Employment report analyzes employment outcomes for graduates of Arkansas public colleges and universities for the academic years 2002 through 2009. It provides a snapshot of these graduates' employment outcomes in 2010, as well as, one, two, and five years after graduation.

Arkansas School District and County Boundaries 2010-2011

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This map overlays county lines on school district boundaries to show which school districts fall within which counties.

DRAFT - Arkansas Early Warning Indicator Analysis

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The purpose of this analytics project was to identify early warning indicators of dropout for the Arkansas Public Education System.

2009-2010 ACT High School-to-College Success Reports

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The reports found here detail how well districts prepare students for success in Arkansas postsecondary institutions.