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ADE Office of Information Technology launches new Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities & Transportation (DPSAFT) website

The Arkansas Department of Education, Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the release of Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities & Transportation (DPSAFT) new website.

The website is built on modern .NET Core computer language that is simplified and more user friendly. NET Core offers more and more components and libraries for use. In May 2019, Microsoft announced WPF and WinForms under . NET Core, giving developers desktop application compatibility and the possibility to migrate old apps to . NET Core in the future. Information is more easily accessible where-in stakeholders were asked for input on the new website. This aligns with Governor’s Transformation. The web portal incorporates universal Search feature along with Chat-Bot feature (QnA maker).

The web portal is augmented by in-built Content Management System (CMS)  that allows for seamless updates by the Division itself.


2020-2021 Statewide Information System (SIS) Handbook published on ADE Data Center: SIS Handbook Portal

The 2020-2021 Statewide Information System (SIS) Handbook has been published on the ADE Data Center: SIS Handbook Portal website. The SIS handbook is released prior to March 1st of every year for districts to plan in ahead for the data entry needs in eSchoolPLUS, eFinancePLUS and SIS LEA Profile source systems.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the release of the SIS Handbook on a web-based online/digital platform moving from a static PDF handbook in the past. The SIS is updated yearly; either to remove data elements that are no longer needed, modify current data collection items per cycle and/or, to add new data elements as required by Ad-hoc, State and Federal reporting requirements. 

SIS Handbook Portal:

On a high-level overview, this year the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is making changes in few areas to improve the over-all data collection process. For a quick preview of SIS Handbook changes for school year, 2020-2021, use the below direct hyperlink:

 SIS Handbook Changes

SIS Handbook Portal High-Level Features:

  • Ability to download and print each SIS table individually as PDF or excel.
    • Ability to compare individual table with a prior year and track changes in comparison to the prior year.
    • Ability to search and download the appendices as PDF and Excel
    • Ability to search and sort available on all pages
    • Ability to custom search for the SIS Handbook
    • Ability to drill down the appendices for County, District
    • Inclusion of dedicated ‘Data Changes’ tab to track all changes (addition, modification, deletion) for the current year by table, appendix and reports
    • The SIS implements the provisions of several Arkansas General Assembly enactments which mandate that the ADE make extensive use of Information Technology (IT) at the state and the local levels to provide accurate and timely information to policy makers and to the reduce the state reporting burden. This is an important data collection

    Release of Report Cards 3.0 on My School Info Portal

    The Arkansas Department of Education, Office of Information Technology along with Public School Accountability is pleased to announce the release of Report Cards, Version 3.0 for its stakeholders: schools, districts, researchers and parents on the My School Info data portal.

    Reports Cards, 3.0 URL:

    Below are the ten (10) new features with Reports Cards 3.0:

    1. Addition of School Year filter driving the entire Report Cards
    2. Addition of LEA filter for direct access
    3. Addition of sorting By Name.
    4. Addition of sorting By LEA Number
    5. Addition of one-click view option
    6. Addition of one-click PDF download option
    7. Ability to “Share Report” on the fly
    8. Continued access to traditional Reports folder
    9. Optimizing the Batch Reports for district-users
    10. Addition of data indicators on the left-hand menu



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