IDEA Data & Research Receives over $600,000 from Department of Education


The IDEA Data & Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $601,775.75 from the Arkansas Department of Education, using flow-through funds from the U.S. Department of Education. IDEA Data & Research has received funding for 13 straight years.

IDEA Data & Research specializes in quality data reporting and management on special education programs for the Arkansas Department of Education’s Special Education Unit. The U.S Department of Education requires that all school districts in the U.S. provide data and analytics services for special education.

This information includes race, demographics, education placement, discipline data, special education testing data, and graduation counts. Collecting this information ensures that special education programs are working as effectively as possible. If school administrators want to see if a program needs to be tweaked or replaced, they can look at reports generated from IDEA Data & Research.

IDEA Data & Research can also assist researchers looking to conduct studies related to education. These services include data compiling, data analysis, and survey creation.

“We’re probably one of the best kept secrets on campus,” says director Dr. Jody Fields who has been with IDEA Data & Research Office since the beginning. “The continual funding from the ADE Special Education Unit demonstrates the importance of the work we do on their behalf. It further allows us to support faculty in research and graduate students through assistantships and internships.”

For more information on the IDEA Data & Research Center at UA Little Rock, visit their website at

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