University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Some Schools Show BIG Gains

In The View from the OEP on August 18, 2021 at 11:59 am

While anxiously awaiting the mid-October release of Arkansas’ growth scores (which we think are the best measure of how well a school is educating its students academically), here at OEP we are developing tools to help stakeholders interpret the recently released ACT Aspire scores.

Although we have reported that proficiency rates declined at every grade level in every subject in 2021, when we examine school level data, we find some bright spots to celebrate! Some schools made gains in proficiency during the challenging learning context of the last year and a half. For example, in 2021, 3rd graders in Deer K-12 were 27 percentage points (pp) more likely to be proficient in math than the school’s 3rd graders in 2019.

We present the top proficiency gaining schools for each grade and subject below:

MathReadingEnglish Science
3rd gradeDeer K-12
+27pp
David O. Dodd ES +22ppKingston ES
+29pp
Ouachita ES
+28pp
4th gradeMountainburg ES
+31pp
Yellville-Summit ES +26ppCollege Station ES +25ppWeiner ES
+28pp
5th gradeOuachita ES
+24pp
Garfield ES
+29pp
Viola ES & Cedarville ES
+25pp
Parkers Chapel ES
+31pp
6th gradeGosnell ES
+31pp
Carnall ES
+22pp
Bradley ES
+28pp
Carnall ES
+23pp
7th gradeHoratio HS & Augusta HS +21ppOden Schools
+28pp
Oden Schools
+30pp
Oden Schools
+27pp
8th gradeKingston HS
+44pp
Kingston HS
+24pp
St Paul HS
+30pp
Palestine- Wheatley SHS +29pp
9th gradeConcord HS
+31pp
Oark HS
+33pp
KIPP Blytheville HS +29ppConcord HS
+34pp
10th gradeBradley HS
+24pp
Bradley HS
+39pp
Augusta HS
+27pp
Rural Special HS
+24pp

Want to see how your school’s proficiency rates changed?

Last week we released a school-level data visualization that allows educators and parents to examine how performance has changed in a school or district since 2019.

Our newest data visualization allows educators and parents to examine how a specific grade-level’s performance has changed in a school or district since 2019. You can compare, for example, 4th grade math performance in 2019 with 4th grade math performance in 2021. It is important to understand that in this visualization we are comparing two different sets of students from two different years, and there may be important differences between those student groups that are related to achievement. Comparing within a grade level, however, is important because we know that historically there are differences in proficiency rates by grade and subject.

It is important to remember that two different sets of students from two different years are being compared in this visualization, and there may be important differences between those student groups that are related to achievement. Comparing within a grade level, however, is important because we know that historically there are differences in proficiency rates by grade and subject.

We hope that these resources are helpful as educators and parents are planning for the school year. In most classrooms, students are entering with lower skills in math, reading, English, and science than those who came before them. It is critical to reflect on our practices and measure our success.

Be sure to check back next week as we share information about how proficiency rates have changed since 2016 by district and school for grade-level cohorts!

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