Arkansas

ArkansasArkansas is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Arkansas, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; and related news articles. 

Grant Received

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

200911.9,7.7
20116.3,7.4
201310.9,6.9
201510.6,6.0
201711.7,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearArkansasUS
200911.97.7
20116.37.4
201310.96.9
201510.66.0
201711.76.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

200914.8,11.1
201111.0,12.0
201311.4,8.1
201511.2,7.8
20178.8,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearArkansasUS
200914.811.1
201111.012.0
201311.48.1
201511.27.8
20178.88.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

200931.4,22.7
201126.1,25.6
201327.4,22.1
201527.1,21.7
201730.7,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearArkansasUS
200931.422.7
201126.125.6
201327.422.1
201527.121.7
201730.719.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

200918.0,15.8
201114.3,15.8
201319.0,17.0
201518.9,17.7
201723.2,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearArkansasUS
200918.015.8
201114.315.8
201319.017.0
201518.917.7
201723.217.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201120.2,13.8
201319.9,15.2
201520.0,14.3
201728.2,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearArkansasUS
201120.213.8
201319.915.2
201520.014.3
201728.215.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

201110.3,5.7
20137.6,6.6
201511.3,6.7
201714.6,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearArkansasUS
201110.35.7
20137.66.6
201511.36.7
201714.67.2