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Arkansas Department of Education Enhances ATLAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - May 2, 2013 - The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recently enhanced the ATLAS (Arkansas Teacher Licensure Accountability System) tool to systematically include applications for the non-traditional licensure program, APPEL (Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure). This new online process allows teacher applicants to have their profile already created in ATLAS in order to proceed with the Mentoring process required by the state of Arkansas. The teachers will also be able to utilize ATLAS as an all-inclusive tool for Mentoring, downloading Certificates of Completion and viewing messages from the Arkansas Department of Education. This enhancement will enable employees at ADE to save time and money for the State of Arkansas by streamlining processes, reducing redundancies, eliminating paper mailings, and reduces response time for prompt customer service.

ATLAS has been in use for a few years to track the mentoring process of the teachers in the public school system in Arkansas. It is an automated process from the Pairing of Teachers and Mentors, the approval of the Pairings, and culminating in the payment of the Grants and each school district submitting the End of Year Budget form. Future plans involve enhancements to the Beginning Administrators online modules for mentoring and automating the entire National Board Certified Teachers program. ADE’s innovative solution makes processes easier, saves money, and develops a better data collection system for these programs in the State of Arkansas.

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