Welcome to information pertaining to inclusive practices provided by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Special Education.

Proposed Inclusive Education Implementation Timeline

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In alignment with the Arkansas State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), DESE supports the implementation of inclusive education to improve outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states its purpose as, “...[T]o provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”

What is inclusion?

Inclusive education is a schoolwide culture and practice of valuing each student as a learner across general education classrooms, rather than a particular program or place. Inclusion provides students with disabilities equitable access and opportunity in the general education curriculum and ensures that each student receives the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment in their education. In inclusive schools, educators’ roles are restructured for shared accountability and responsibility. Learners who need differentiated support and additional intervention receive it. And school leaders use schedules, teacher teams, and data to ensure the academic progress and success of each student.

Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership

Does Inclusion Work?

Read Inclusive Education Research and Practice to find out.

This document describes the vast body of research demonstrating the positive impact of inclusion in general education classrooms. It uses quantitative and qualitative research findings to explain the positive outcomes of inclusion on both students with and without disabilities, and describes effective tools in making inclusion work. Look for an update, coming soon!

For more information, please contact

Robin Stripling


DESE Special Education Unit