University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

March 16, 2011

In OWL-OEP Weekly Links on March 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The weather is changing (and it was a gorgeous weekend here in Northwest, Arkansas) and spring break is just around the corner. Have you solidified your plans yet? Speaking of spring break, since next week is our spring break and school will not be in session, the OWL will not be flying into your email inboxes. But we will be back the following week (hopefully with a nice tan).

This week we are releasing a policy brief titled “Act 35, New School Performance Ratings, and School Choice.” We are releasing this brief to assist and inform those following the education legislation before the Arkansas General Assembly – several bills of which are directly related to this issue. In the brief, we outline the school performance ratings established by Act 35 and discuss the guidelines shaping this new rating system. We also describe how these ratings are related to the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act (AOPSCA), a component of Act 35, which mandates that students in schools receiving the lowest performance rating for two years in a row be given the opportunity to transfer out of the low-performing school if they so choose. Finally, we offer some estimates of school performance ratings for all schools in the state based on data available from the Arkansas Department of Education in the 2009-2010 academic year. Click here to read more!!

Lastly, stay tuned to the OEP blog for a post this week which will highlight the events from the March 14th State Board of Education meeting which resulted in the approval for eSTEM public charter schools increasing the enrollment cap at their elementary school by 102 students and the revoking of the Urban Collegiate Public Charter School (UCPC) charter.

Also, don’t forget to check out our other news from around the state and nation…


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