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New TESS Website for Arkansas Educators Now Live

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As part of our commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and to our educators and administrators across the state, we're happy to announce that our Education Division has created a specialized website that complements the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS)! And what exactly does that mean? Well, we're glad you asked ...

If you're already familiar with TESS, then you know that, first and foremost, this system was designed to ensure high-quality instruction and instructional leadership that impact teach, learning and student achievement throughout Arkansas schools. But, quite honestly, even when a new system is great, it can be a little overwhelming for the best of us!

To help counter that factor, we're working to help teachers and students succeed in the new era by quickly and accurately creating support for ADE's newest initiatives.

Our new TESS website,, makes the transition simpler by highlighting some of our ArkansasIDEAS course offerings that match up directly with the new domain components TESS has adopted. And, on top of that, we've also made it possible for licensed teacher to follow links to access additional TESS resources that AETN and the ADE have designed specifically for Arkansas.

As the year's professional development deadline approaches, we've also worked to assign suggested domain components (according to Charlotte Danielson's work, "Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching") to Arkansas IDEAS online professional development courses. 

So, how did we do? We'll let you be the judge of that! Email us at to let us know what you think - and how we can help in the future.