University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Great News for El Dorado Students!

In The View from the OEP on April 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

Yesterday, we received great news from our friend Alice Mahoney, a member of the OEP Advisory Board and of the State Board of Education. Rather than tell you in our words, let me just share Alice’s email word for word.  The OEP is always thrilled to share good news about students and educators in our state!

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From: Alice Mahoney (April 12, 2011)

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Great News on El Dorado Schools! The El Dorado Schools received three prestigious awards last night:
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1.  The El Dorado School District is one of 388 in the nation – only two in Arkansas (Bentonville School District is the other) “recognized by the College Board with a place on its AP (Advanced Placement) Achievement List for Significant Gains in AP Success and Performance.”
The district received the award “for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
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2.  Barton Junior High School received the National Center for Educational Achievement Award and was named to the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools list.
The NCEA recognizes schools that have consistently out-performed their peers that serve similar student populations and recognizes their achievement in bringing more students to college and career rediness than expected.  Schools are identified by academic growth of students and/or absoluate achievement of students at the school using the Arkansas Augmented Benchmark Examinations advanced performance level.
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3.  The American School Board Journal’s 17th annual Magna Awards Program, recognized the Accelerated Academy (which focuses on El Dorado’s neediest elementary-age students with extra help with reading and math during an extended school day and class sizes to no more than 18 students.  Teachers stay with the same group of students for third and fourth grade).
“The Accelerated Academy has helped El Dorado significantly close its achievement gaps between white and Africian-American students.”
Bonnie Haynie, while presenting the awards noted:  “El Dorado’s exceptional teachers, and the support of the community…including the El Dorado Promise, The El Dorado Education Foundation, and the endowed chair program.”
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CONGRATULATIONS to all in El Dorado!

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