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[20 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 5,067 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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[21 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 2,918 views]
Reporter’s Notebook: Snow day from my doorstep

Snow blanketed much of the state again Thursday and as is the usual standard, shut down many schools and businesses. Here in Northwest Arkansas, schools closed for the entire day but some schools in the River Valley, including Fort Smith, closed around noon.
Anyone who knows me realizes I’m not going to go out in bad weather. Besides being a full-time wheelchair user, I had a bad wreck on icy roads five years ago so I’m extra cautious. That’s what makes working mostly from home so great, I can still get …

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[3 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 1,535 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 …

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[6 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,506 views]
Arkansas students scoring well on standardized tests

Arkansas students showed their smarts last school year as they scored well on various state-required standardized test scores given throughout the 2009-2010 school year.
Test scores become available throughout the summer, with the latest becoming available from the Arkansas Department of Education this week.
The end-of-course exam results were announced Tuesday and the benchmark exam results were announced in June. EOC exams are given to students at the end of their courses in algebra I, geometry and biology. Students also take an EOC exam at the end of their 11th-grade literacy class.
This …