University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

January 26, 2011

In OWL-OEP Weekly Links on January 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

“Every young person listening tonight who is contemplating their career choice, if you want to make a difference in the life of our Nation…if you want to make a difference in the life of a child…become a teacher. Your country needs you.”  – President Barack Obama during the State of the Union Address, January 25, 2011.

“The book provides material that can be used to teach ethics in teacher-preparation programs and administrator-certification programs in Arkansas. It’s in these gray areas that we can have the richest discussion with a class.” – Dr. John Pijanowski on his new book Professional Responsibility for Educators and the Arkansas Code of Ethics

From the OEP

Happy mid-week to you! Earlier this month, Education Week released its 15th annual Qreport.  Since 1997, Education Week has been releasing yearly report cards for each state and the nation as a whole.  These report cards attempt to measure educational progress and success in several areas as well as assign an overall letter grade to each state. Each year, the OEP breaks down the grades given to Arkansas in each measured category. Today we are releasing our first policy brief for the year, Quality Counts 2011 analyzing Arkansas’ performance in six areas: K-12 Achievement, Chances for Success, School Finance, the Teaching Profession, Transitions and Alignment, and Standards, Assessments, and Accountability. Some of the interesting findings include:

  • Arkansas’ grades in the 2011 Quality Counts report put the state in 6th place nationally.  This is due mostly to high grades for its education policies compared to other states, while it still lags the country in student performance on national assessment.
  • Since Quality Counts began its current grading format in 2008, Arkansas has persistently ranked higher in measures of academic achievement than on demographic measures, which are included by Education Week in their Chance for Success measure.
  • Arkansas 4th and 8th graders have made exceptional progress in math since 2003 compared to other states, but have not seen gains in reading. However, over the same period the achievement gap between rich and poor has gotten worse in Arkansas even though it has improved nationally.

To read more about the grades Arkansas received in Education Week’s Quality Counts report, click here!!

News from Around the Natural State

UA-Fayetteville Professor Writes Ethics Guidebook for Arkansas Educators

When clear-cut ethical violations occur such as a teacher drinking alcohol on school grounds or a coach having an inappropriate relationship with a student, the results are usually in the newspaper and on local television. However, educators deal with less newsworthy ethical dilemmas every day when trying to decide what is best for students, said John Pijanowski, the University of Arkansas professor who has co-written a book to help educators who often find themselves confronted with decision-making in gray areas.

Deer-Mount Judea School District Suit Dismissal Sought

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought by a rural Northwest Arkansas school district trying to prevent further consolidation. McDaniel’s 46-page response addressed issues raised in the lawsuit filed Dec. 3 in Pulaski County Circuit Court by the Deer-Mount Judea School District. Transportation is central to the argument presented by the district, which has to bus children over some of the state’s roughest terrain.

News from Around the Nation

Proficiency Eludes U.S. Students on Science NAEP

Most American students are not performing at a level deemed “proficient” in science, results issued for a revamped national assessment show, with 12th graders posting the weakest scores compared with their elementary and middle-level peers. Only one in five high school seniors scored at least proficient on the exam. Meanwhile, 34 percent of 4th graders and 30 percent of 8th graders were deemed proficient or better in science on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as “the nation’s report card.”

Deer-Mt. Judea School District Suit Dismissal Sought

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought by a rural Northwest Arkansas school district trying to prevent further consolidation. McDaniel’s 46-page response addressed issues raised in the lawsuit filed Dec. 3 in Pulaski County Circuit Court by the Deer-Mount Judea School District. Transportation is central to the argument presented by the district, which has to bus children over some of the state’s roughest terrain.

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