University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

The 2013-14 Outstanding Educational Performance Awards!

In The View from the OEP on September 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

imgresEvery year, we celebrate schools across Arkansas with our Outstanding Educational Performance Awards (also known as the OEP Awards)! We are excited to release the first installment of this year’s OEP awards today: High-Achieving “Overall” Schools in Arkansas. These awards are based on April 2014 Benchmark exam performance for students in grades 3-8. The report is divided into two sections (Benchmark mathematics and literacy), and within each section, we recognize the top 25 elementary and middle schools! (The list also includes some high schools that serve middle school grades.)

Like the past two years, the awards are based upon a GPA measure. The OEP calculates a GPA for schools in each subject based on the number of students that perform at each level on the Benchmark exam (advanced is assigned a “4”, proficient a “3”, basic a “2”, and below basic a “1). You can read more about our GPA measure here.

Of the “Top 25 Elementary Schools in Arkansas Based on Benchmark Math Achievement,” 10 schools are newcomers to this award, while 15 schools won an award last year in the same category. On the “Top 25 Elementary Schools in Arkansas Based on Benchmark Literacy Achievement” awards, 14 schools won an OEP Award last year in the same category, with 12 newcomers to this award (remember, there can be more than 25 schools on a list, as there can be ties). The Northwest region stood out again this year, with 15 schools on the math list and 13 schools on the literacy list.

Park Toolbar 2011 copyThe top elementary school in both math and literacy hails from the Hot Springs School District: Park Magnet School! At Park Magnet School, 99% of students scored proficient or advanced on the math exam, with a GPA of 3.85. On the literacy exam, 98% of students scored proficient or advanced with a GPA of 3.88. Congratulations to the students and teachers of Park Magnet School!

On the “Top 25 Middle Schools in Arkansas Based on Benchmark Math Achievement” awards, there are 10 schools that are newcomers to this award, while 15 schools won OEP Awards last year in the same category. Of the “Top 25 Middle Schools in Arkansas Based on Benchmark Literacy Achievement,” 18 schools won OEP Awards last year in the same category, with 10 newcomers to this award.

imgres Haas Hall Academy received the top spot on the middle school math and literacy lists this year, with a GPA of 3.83 in math (representing 98% of students scoring proficient or advanced) and a GPA of 3.76 in literacy (representing 100% of students scoring proficient or advanced). Congratulations to the students and teachers at Haas Hall Academy!

Stay tuned over the semester for more OEP Awards, as we celebrate the performance of many elementary, middle, and high schools across the state! Additionally, we will award Arkansas schools that are “beating the odds”–that is, schools that are high achieving, while serving high percentages of low-income students. In two weeks, we will release the next edition of the OEP Awards: High-Achieving Elementary Schools! In that report, we will give awards by grade-level and to schools by region. Until then, congratulations to all the high-performing elementary and middle schools highlighted in the overall awards!

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