PES Among Top Performing Schools in Arkansas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Based on test results from the 2014 school year, as authorized through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program, 215 public schools have been recognized as high performing schools. Among the schools recognized is Piggott Elementary School, which has earned the distinction two years in a row. Of all the districts in Northeast Arkansas only Piggott and Valley View students earned the distinction.

This year's results reflect a 4.87 percent increase compared to last, as the program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates.

A total of 109 public schools were identified as top 10 percent schools in the state. Meanwhile, 106 public schools were identified as being in the top 11 to 20 percent, including PES.

State officials noted both the Mount Pleasant Elementary School in the Melbourne School District and Haas Hall Academy, a public charter school in Fayetteville, achieved a high score of 99 in Overall Recognition.

Thirteen of the 18 public schools in the Bentonville School District are identified as being in the top 20 percent of schools, with 10 of the schools ranking in the top 10 percent. The 13 Bentonville schools will receive a total of $689,388.75.

A total of $7 million from the governor's allocation of the General Improvement Fund has again been designated for the program this school year.

Schools in the top 10 percent this year are eligible to receive $90 per student. Schools in the top 11 to 20 percent, such as Piggott, are eligible to receive $45.10 per student. Utilizing this formula, PES is slated to receive $20,443.60.

"We are so excited to receive the recognition, but the true recognition goes to the hard working teachers, instructional assistants and students," Piggott Superintendent Charlie Powell noted of the announcement. "This will be the second year in a roll to receive this honor. We appreciate the community and parents for their support given each every day."

Under the plan, schools receiving recognition funds must establish a committee to determine the best use of the funds. The committee includes the principal, a teacher elected by the faculty and a parent representative selected by the local Parent Teacher Association or another parental involvement group.

Schools can use the funds for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials, or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance.

Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 6-15-2107, the Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, high graduation rate.

Ark. Code Ann. 6-15-2107 authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter

school in the top 10 percent of all Arkansas public schools in combined student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, graduation rate under criteria set forth by rule of the state board.

Up to $50 per student enrolled is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 11 to 20 percent of all public schools in Arkansas in combined student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, graduation rate under criteria set forth by rule of the state board.

Needs Improvement Focus and Need Improvement Priority Schools are ineligible for rewards.

The top 10 percent and 20 percent schools were identified by assigning a percentile rank for the measures of each school's performance, growth,

and graduation rate (if applicable). The average of the assigned percentile ranks was then calculated and the top deciles identified.

Those wanting to view the complete list of schools, and award amounts, may visit www.arkansased.org/divisions/public-school-accountability/school-performance/rew...

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