Arkansas trails the nation in college readiness, with only 19% of students meeting ACT College Readiness Standards.
Yet in recent years the state has taken bold steps to address this problem— creating rigorous standards and assessments, strong accountability measures, and informative data systems.
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Jared Henderson assumed leadership of the Arkansas region in 2013. Previously, he served as a senior vice president of Regional Operations. In this role he was responsible for Teach For America’s work in eight states including approximately 150 staff members and 1,500 corps members. As a fourth generation Arkansan and a product of Arkansas Public Schools, Jared has fierce pride for his home state and fully believes that it can ultimately be one of the first to provide all of its children with the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Jared holds B.A degrees in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and was a Dean’s Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.