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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Area students can pat themselves on the backs for their achievements for the 2009 school year. Because of students' scores on Benchmark and End-of-Course exams, several schools have received Outstanding Educational Performance (OEP) Awards in the Arkansas Education Report (AER).

OEP Awards are based on Benchmark test scores in grades three through eight in math and literacy. Awards are also based on scores on End-of-Course exams in the high school level and the 11th grade literacy exam.

Calico Rock School

Calico Rock's seventh through 12th grades ranked 19th in the Top 20 Schools based on the Benchmark literacy scores with 84 percent scoring proficient or advanced. By grade level in the Northeast Arkansas Region, Calico Rock's sixth grade ranked second with 100 percent scoring proficient or advanced in math. The school's seventh grade ranked first for their grade level in the region with 93 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Calico Rock's sixth grade also ranked third in the region for literacy with 89 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Calico Rock High School ranked 13th in the End-of-Course biology tests with 65 percent of 32 test takers scoring proficient or advanced. In the Top 5 by region, Calico Rock was third with the biology test scores. In the 11th grade literacy exam, Calico Rock ranked ninth with 79 percent of its 29 test takers scoring proficient or advanced. Calico Rock was also third in the region with those scores. The school was also the 10th most improved middle school in math with a 20 percent increase in students scoring proficient or advanced compared to last year's scores. Those scores also made the school rank third in the region for most improved in math. Calico Rock also was ranked 11th for most improved in literacy with 17 percent more students making the grade than last year. By region, Calico Rock was ranked third in improvements in literacy. On the state level, Calico Rock was ranked 19th for most improved in literacy.

Cherokee Elementary

OEP Awards were also given out to schools for beating the odds. These were given to top schools serving low-income students. These schools are classified as "high-poverty" if at least two-thirds or 66 percent of the school's population is eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) program in the 2008-2009 school year.

Cherokee Elementary has been classified as one of these schools and was ranked 13th in math when 90 percent of its students on FRL scored proficient or advanced. Cherokee Elementary also did well in literacy. The school was ranked 20th with 78 percent of students on FRL scoring proficient or advanced.

Highland School

Highland Middle School ranked 4th among the Top 5 Schools in the Northeast Region in math with 85 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Highland's 11th grade ranked 12 out of the Top 20 Schools on the literacy exam with 78 percent or the 115 test takers scoring proficient or advanced. The 11th grade also ranked 5th in the Top 5 Schools by region.

Izard County

Consolidated School

ICC also was among high-poverty schools to do well. It ranked 16th with 69 percent of those on FRL scoring proficient or advanced. ICC's 11th grade also did well on their literacy exam ranking 15th in the Top 20 Schools with 76 percent of the 30 test takers scoring well.

Mammoth Spring School

Mammoth Spring was among the Top 20 Most Improved Schools ranking 18th with a 17 percent increase from last year in students scoring proficient or advanced in math. Mammoth Spring was also among the most improved on the End-of-Course algebra exams ranking 20th with a 26 percent increase in students scoring well on the test. In the region, Mammoth Spring ranked second for most improved on End-of-Course algebra exams.

Salem School

Salem Elementary ranked 13th in the Top 20 Elementary Schools based on Benchmark math scores with 95 percent of students scoring either proficient or advanced. Salem Elementary also ranked second in the Northeast Arkansas Region based on those scores. In the Top 3 Schools by Grade Level in Northeast Arkansas based on the Benchmark math scores, Salem's fifth grade ranked second with 96 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Salem High School also did well on its End-of-Course exams. Salem High School ranked 16th in the Top 20 schools in geometry. There were 46 test takers with 87 percent of them scoring proficient or advanced. Those scores carried Salem High School to third in the Top 5 Schools in the Northeast Region for geometry.

Viola School

Viola's seventh through 12th grades ranked seventh out of the Top 20 Middle Schools based on the Benchmark literacy exam with 87 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Viola's K-6th grade ranked fifth in the Top 5 Elementaries in the region in literacy. In the Top 3 Schools by grade level in literacy, Viola's fifth grade ranked third with 89 percent scoring proficient or advanced. In the Top 3 Schools by grade level in math, Viola's seventh grade ranked second with 88 percent scoring proficient or advanced. Viola's seventh through 12 grade ranked third in the region's Top 5 Schools in literacy with 87 percent scoring well. Viola's seventh grade also ranked first on the Top 3 Schools by grade level in literacy. In the Top 5 High Schools in the Northeast region on the End-of-Course geometry exams, Viola ranked fifth with 85 percent of 27 test takers scoring proficient or advanced. Viola also received recognition for improving from last year. Viola's literacy score for seventh through 12th grade went up 21 percent from last year ranking the school as fifth for most improved in that subject. This increase made Viola rank second in the region for most improved and seventh overall in the state for most improved in literacy.

For a complete list of schools and rankings go to http://www.uark.edu/ua/oep/AER/6_2_Outst....



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