Today marks the conclusion of the 2012-2013 OEP Award season. Our final awards recognize secondary schools that have displayed the most end-of-course exam growth from 2007-2013. As was the case with the awards preceding it, this latest set also comes with an accompanying database of EOC exam growth for each of the four EOC exams in Arkansas: Algebra, Biology, Geometry, and Grade 11 Literacy. EOC Exams in Algebra, Geometry, and Grade 11 Literacy have a baseline that combines the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years as a starting point and the 2011-12/2012-13 academic years as the outcome. Again, we measure growth as the difference between the outcome year and the baseline year.
It’s been a good year for Palestine-Wheatley Senior High School. Not only did Jonathan Crossley (high school Language Arts) win 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, but the school also dominated the OEP End-of-Course Exam awards, placing first in Most Improved Grade 11 Literacy Achievement (GPA Growth of +0.92!) and third in the Most Improved High Schools Algebra Achievement Award (GPA Growth of +0.94!). Palestine-Wheatley Senior High is located in northeastern Arkansas, serves 9th-12th graders and 99% of its students receive free and reduced lunch.
Congratulations to Superintendent Jon Estes, Principal Randy Cannon and all the Literacy and Algebra teachers at Palestine-Wheatley Senior High!
The OEP also applauds Cutter-Morning Star High School for an excellent showing in this year’s awards. Cutter-Morning Star High is located in central Arkansas and serves 7th-12th graders, with 67% of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Cutter-Morning Star High placed fifth in the Geometry Awards with students advancing from 23% proficient/advanced in an average of the years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 to 73% proficient/advanced in an average of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. Cutter-Morning Star High also placed second in the EOC Literacy Achievement and 13th in the state for Biology growth.
Congratulations to Superintendent Nancy Anderson, Principal Jonathan McAfee and the Geometry, Literacy and Biology teachers at Cutter-Morning Star High School!
There are plenty more schools receiving OEP Awards for EOC Exam growth – Click here to see if your school made the list!
On a final note, we at the OEP would like to state once again what a joy it is to recognize schools across the Natural State for remarkable performance. There is good news worth sharing with regard to performance on statewide exams, and we hope that this year’s series of OEP Awards have served to encourage and acknowledge all the great work that so many dedicated school administrators and teachers are doing for students in Arkansas.