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[28 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 3,145 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 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 3,579 views]
Two school districts taken over by state

Two Arkansas school districts were stripped of their leadership and taken under state control on Monday.
The Helena-West School District and the Pulaski County Special School District were both considered to be in deep financial trouble and the measure was taken to help get the two districts under better financial control.
Helena-West Helena
Last year, the ADE identified Helena-West Helena as being in fiscal distress because of declining fund balances and several findings in an audit by the Division of Legislative Audit, which identified a lack of financial controls, among other things.
The take-over …

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[19 Jun 2011 | 14 Comments | 51,340 views]
National math conference coming to Little Rock

About 400 elementary teachers from across the nation will gather in Little Rock this week for the first time that Arkansas has hosted a conference about Cognitively Guided Instruction.
CGI is a professional development program that focuses on math for grades K-3 and has attracted widespread interest throughout Arkansas.
Cognitively Guided Instruction is an elementary-level mathematics professional development program based on an integrated program of research on four components:

the development of students’ mathematical thinking,
instruction that influences that development,
teachers’ knowledge and beliefs that influence their instructional practice, and
the way that teachers’ knowledge, beliefs …

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[5 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 3,638 views]
4 Arkansas schools receive federal improvement funds

LITTLE ROCK – Four schools in Arkansas will receive a combined $7.5 million in federal grants to help improve their schools.
According to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Education, Central High School (Helena-West School District) and Dollarway High School (Dollarway School District) will each receive $1,987,425; Jacksonville High School (Pulaski County Special School District) will receive $2 million; and Marvell High School (Marvell-Elaine School District) will receive $1,516,827. The schools will receive the money during the 2011-2012 school year.
“These federal grants will infuse these schools with the resources …

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[13 May 2011 | One Comment | 4,100 views]
Three Arkansas students named Presidential Scholars

Source: Arkansas Department of Education
LITTLE ROCK-Three top Arkansas students have won an elite national academic award.
Neha Kumar of Forrest City; Boshan Zhao of Little Rock; and Eric B. Zheng of Little Rock were selected among the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
“We congratulate the Arkansas winners of this prestigious award,” Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell said. “They certainly are examples of the best of the best of academic achievers throughout Arkansas.”
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the selections made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. There were 141 high school …

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[3 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 1,530 views]
41 percent of Arkansas schools “achieving”

Less than half of Arkansas’ public schools made “achieving” status on the most recent set of state-issued standardized tests.
According to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Education, 41 percent of the state’s schools made achieving status on the state’s 2009-2010 Adequate Yearly Progress list, which is required by federal law. For schools to be deemed as “achieving,” at least 64 percent of the school’s students had to score “proficient” or “advanced” on last school year’s standardized tests.
Meeting the achieving mark is growing increasingly difficult for schools as federal …