ForwARd believes that access to quality, integrated longitudinal data to track outcomes between pre-K, K-12, postsecondary education/training and workforce participation is essential to inform future planning and resource allocation. To that end, ForwARd aspires to create a collaborative environment that fosters world-class academic research capabilities alongside capacity for data-sharing within state government across Arkansas for use as:
- A tool for continuous improvement in our classrooms and schools.
- A response to the “Every Student Succeeds Act” and its demands for evidence-based practice.
- A strategy to ensure equity and opportunity for all our children from birth to career.
- A resource to inform public policy and identify best practices.
Maintaining and improving Arkansas’s innovation and economic competitiveness requires a robust, transparent, secure, research data system spanning the continuum from cradle to postsecondary education and employment.