MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring High School was one of the 63 schools placed on probation Aug. 14 by the Arkansas State Board of Education. The department put four school districts and 63 schools on probation for violating accreditation requirements during the 2005-06 school.
There are 1,090 public schools in the state.
Mammoth Spring Superintendent of Schools Ron Taylor said what happened at the school was a coding error. "By Oct. 15 every year school officials have to enter course codes to the state department. One of our six-digit codes was entered wrong," Taylor said.
In Arkansas, grades nine through 12 are required to offer 38 courses. Mammoth Spring High School offers 50 courses, including six math courses.
"When Mammoth Spring School officials entered their math codes one of the courses they sent to the state was an integrated geometry course that in the past had been among the 38 courses required by the state. Last year those requirements changed," said John Harris, Arkansas Department of Education standards specialists.
He said districts in the state have until Oct. 15 to fix their errors. After they enter their codes for this year they will be reevaluated.
Harris said he had spoken to both Taylor and Mammoth Spring High School Principal Brian Davis and is confident the coding error will be corrected.
Davis said, "It was a five-minute fix."
"This does not affect our district in any way as far as funding or anything else," Taylor said.
Taylor said under Act 1467, the Omnibus Quality Education Act of 2003, schools and school districts must meet all standards within two years of being placed on probation or face penalties.
Taylor has never been a supporter of Act 1467. "If our legislators had read the law before they voted on it and understood it they would not have voted for it. It is the law and our school district will abide by it," he said.