Arkansas Becomes 44th State to Adopt the Interstate Compact

On February 26, 2013, Arkansas became the 44th state to adopt the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. This is good news for military families with school-age children moving to and from Arkansas.

Moving from state to state is a regular fact of life for military families and kids. The average military child will attend six to nine schools between kindergarten and 12th grade, and can look forward to attending two or three different high schools. Making these transitions as easy as possible is key to ensuring that children receive a quality education and are able to succeed in school. However, varying state rules on issues such as entrance age, graduation requirements, and standardized tests often make it difficult for military children to move smoothly into their new classrooms. Cooperation between states and school districts is vital to overcoming these obstacles and ensuring that military children receive the quality education they need and deserve.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children was created to help foster this cooperation. The Compact addresses the key issues faced by military families - eligibility, enrollment, placement, and graduation – in an effort to ensure that military kids are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as their civilian friends.

The National Military Family Association congratulates Arkansas for adopting the Compact. As a member of both the Advisory Group and Drafting Team who helped develop the Compact, we firmly believe it will significantly lessen many of the challenges military children and their families face when moving. We encourage all military parents to become familiar with the Compact, in order to be the most effective advocates on behalf of their children.

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