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In Poore's First Year, LRSD Improves in Every Grade for Only Second Time in Thirteen Years

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Saturday, August 19, 2017

In Michael Poore's first year as superintendent, the Little Rock School District was one of only twelve school districts and one charter in the entire state to improve cumulative ACT Aspire scores in each grade.

Under Poore's academic leadership, the district also improved individually in both Math and English Language Arts for each grade. That has happened only once in the past thirteen years - in 2008-09 under then-Superintendent Linda Watson.

In Mr. Poore's first year, the district also beat the state average gains in math in four of eight grades and tied once. It beat the state average in English Language Arts in four of eight grades.

What follows are the past thirteen years' results by grade on the summative exams (2004-2013 State Benchmark, 2015-17 ACT Aspire) for Math and English Language Arts, as well as the biggest single year gains per grade. Numbers indicate percentages proficient (Benchmark) or meeting readiness benchmark (ACT Aspire). While the State Benchmark exam was not nationally normed, the ACT Aspire is, thus the discrepancy in scores.

For one year (2014-15), the State administered the PARCC exam, so the scores the year before and after are incomparable.

  3rd    4th   5th   6h   7th   8th    9th    10th   
Roy Brooks Math  ELA  Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA
 2004-05  42  39  37  41  28  37  27  46  30  40  19  46        
 2005-06  51  44  47  48  37  43  39  44  37  45  31  57        
 2006-07  62  50  50  46  45  45  46  38  37  45  29  55        
Linda Watson                                
 2007-08  65  49  61  55  52  50  52  45  39  43  27  55        
 2008-09  67  52  65  57  54  55  63  47  50  48  42  57        
 2009-10  71  58  68  67  62  62  60  57  55  53  43  63        
Watson/Holmes                                
 2010-11  70  62  70  71  65  69  59  56  56  53  42  62        
Morris Holmes                                
 2011-12  73  70  68  77  60  78  57  58  58  66  47  66        
Holmes/Burton                                
 2012-13  76  70  71  76  54  75  50  52  52  62  44  66        
Dexter Suggs                                
 2013-14  74  64  66  75  59  74  55  50  50  59  46  63        
 2014-15 (PARCC)                                
Baker Kurrus                                
 2015-16 (ACT Aspire)  48  33  42  34  38  41  39  40  29  39  24  38  19  36  16  36
Michael Poore                                
 2016-17 (ACT Aspire)  51  34  47  40  41  46  47  48  34  43  29  45  22  37  18  41

Greatest One-Year Gains (Since 2005-06)

  3rd   4th    5th    6th    7th   8th   9th   10th   
  Math ELA  Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA Math ELA  Math ELA  Math ELA
2005-06 (Brooks)          +9    +12        +12  +11        
2006-07 (Brooks)  +11  +8                            
2007-08 (Watson)      +11                          
2008-09 (Watson)                  +11              
2009-10 (Watson)        +10        +10                
2010-11 (Holmes)            +9        +13            
2016-17 (Poore)  +3  +1  +5  +6  +3  +5  +8  +8  +5  +4  +5  +7  +3  +1  +2  +5
2016-17 AR Avg. Gain  +2  +3  +1  +8  +4  +4  +7  +5  +5  +6  +6  +5  +2  +4  +3  +4

Sources:

Benchmark
http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/arkansas-schools-data-benchmark-examinations

ACT Aspire
http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/arkansas-school-data-act-aspire

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