University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

OEP Awards: High-Achieving Middle Schools

In The View from the OEP on October 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The fourth installment of our OEP Awards focuses on high-achieving middle schools by grade level and region. (Click here to read the Awards Report.) These awards are based on the April 2013 Benchmark exam. This particular report follows the same format as our last report on high-achieving elementary schools. The report is divided into two main sections. The first section identifies the top 10 middle schools in Arkansas by grade-level achievement in mathematics, literacy, and a combination of the two. The awards are presented in this section for grades 6, 7, and 8. The second section of the report identifies the top-achieving middle schools by Benchmark performance for grades 6, 7, and 8 in each region of the state.

The high-achieving middle schools were recognized based on the GPA of the school in each subject. The OEP calculates a GPA for each school on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at each performance level on the Benchmark exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic).  You can read more about our GPA measure here.

Many of the schools that received awards in the top10 mathematics categories by grade level also received additional awards throughout this report, but only one school made the top 10 list for math achievement in grades 6, 7, and 8. We would like to recognize Pea Ride Middle School (Pea Ridge) for their exceptional achievement in math in all three middle school grades. Way to go!

Quite a few schools stood out in the top 10 literacy categories. Valley View High School (Valley View), Washington Junior High School (Bentonville), Lincoln Junior High School (Bentonville), and Gary E. Cobb Middle School (Genoa Central) all made the top 10 list for literacy for grades 7 and 8.

The Northwest region had numerous schools make the top 10 mathematics and literacy lists for grades 6, 7, and 8 with 20 schools making the top 10 literacy grade-level lists and 15 schools making the top 10 mathematics grade-level lists. Haas Hall Academy (Haas Hall), Pottsville Middle Grades (Pottsville), and McNair Middle School (Fayetteville) are among the highest-achieving middle schools in Northwest Arkansas in mathematics and literacy. Congratulations to the students and staff at these schools!

As for the Northeast region, Valley View High School (Valley View) deserves extra recognition. Not only is Valley View High School one of the top middle schools for high-achievement in literacy and mathematics in the Northeast region, but Valley View High School is also one of the top-performing middle schools in the state. Hats off to the students and teachers at Valley View High School!

In the Central region, Academy of Service and Technology (Vilonia) stands out for its performance in mathematics and literacy. Academy of Service and Technology made the top 5 lists in the Central region for high-achievement in literacy and mathematics and also made the top 10 list for statewide mathematics achievement in grade 6. Congratulations!

Gary E. Cobb Middle School (Genoa Central) and Umpire High School (Cossatot River) are two schools in the Southwest region that stood out.  Gary E. Cobb Middle School made the top 5 list for the Southwest region in literacy and mathematics. With 86% of its student population eligible for free-or-reduced lunch, Umpire High School is not only one of the highest-performing “high-poverty” schools, but it is also one of the top-5 schools in its region for literacy achievement. We extend an additional round of applause to the students and staff at these two schools!

In the Southeast region, KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School (KIPP Delta Public Schools) made the top 5 list for literacy and mathematics. KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School also ranked first in its region for high-achievement in grade 7 for literacy and mathematics. Way to go!

Although we highlighted just a few of the high-performing middle schools for grades 6, 7, and 8, we would like to congratulate ALL high-achieving middle schools that have received an OEP Award. Our next installment of the OEP Awards will focus on high-achieving high schools in Arkansas. Stay tuned!

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