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[28 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 3,113 views]
Arkansas test scores improve but still have room to improve

Well, we figure it’s better late than never. After all, who is thinking about test scores in the middle of July? Local school districts, that’s who.
The Department of Education released results from the 2011 Arkansas Augmented Benchmark Exams for all Arkansas school districts last week. They were on time, we at First Arkansas News are a bit late getting the word out to our readers and for that, we apologize.
The good news is, results show continued overall academic improvement among the Natural State’s public school students.
“Our increased use of data …

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[20 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 4,968 views]
School facilities approved

ARKANSAS–The Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission onWednesday approved 219 projects at Arkansas public schools that include $188.7million in state funding to improve the education environment for the state’s nearly460,000 students.
Examples of approved projects include a new roof at Goza Middle School inArkadelphia, five new kindergarten classrooms at Springhill Elementary in Bryant, anew high school in Cabot, and an improved heating and air system at Dover High School.
The three-member commission met at the Department of Education auditorium in LittleRock. The members are Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell, Department …

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[20 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 3,367 views]
Arkansas to receive $6 million to help low-achieving schools

ARKANSAS–Arkansas will receive nearly $6 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program at the U. S. Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Education announced earlier this month.
The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the School Improvement Grant program in fiscal year 2010.
“We are strongly committed to improving education for all students. When a school continuously performs in the bottom five percent and shows no sign of progress, we know that …