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In Three of Five LRSD High Schools, Over 90% of Students Fail to Meet Readiness in Math, Science

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Monday, August 28, 2017

How do we know many Little Rock School District's elementary schools are failing its middle schools, and many middle schools are failing its high schools? One need only compare percentages of students meeting the readiness benchmark on the ACT Aspire to state and district averages.

All LRSD high schools which were in Academic Distress when the state intervened scored in single digits in Math and Science, meaning over 90% of students did not meet the readiness benchmark.

The following are the percentages of students meeting the readiness benchmark on the ACT Aspire exam. Priority Schools are required to submit 45-day reports, which include percentage of students entering a school's grades two or more grades behind in elementary and three or more grades behind in middle and high schools.

School/District  Math  English  Writing Reading  Science  Enter 3/More
Grades Behind Math
 
Enter 3/More
Grades Behind
English Language Arts
 
Arkansas              
 Ninth Grade  30%  58%  39%  51%  32%    
 Tenth Grade  25%  60%  36%  57%  33%    
LRSD              
 Ninth Grade  22%  43%  39%  37%  20%    
 Tenth Grade  18%  49%  30%  46%  23%    
Fair**              
 Ninth Grade

 8%

 26%  15%  19%  6%
 95%  76%
 Tenth Grade  1%
 33%  13%  34%  5%
 97%  67%
Hall* **              
 Ninth Grade  5%
 19%  10%  13%  4%
 92%  86%
 Tenth Grade  3%
 23%  12%  14%  4%
 90%  71%
McClellan**              
 Ninth Grade  8%
 22%  14%  21%  8%
 78%  75%
 Tenth Grade

 5%

 23%  14%  28%

 9%

 75%  79%


* Academic Distress (Three-year average of less than 49.5% of students proficient)
** Priority School (Lowest 5% Academic Performing in Arkansas)

Even though Fair, Hall and McClellan's scores were among the state's lowest in Math and Science, scores increased exponentially over the previous year. And yet, at current rates, it could take as long as 5 - 27 years for grades to meet the state's average proficiency in Science, and 6 - 13 years in Math. Because of flat or decreasing percentages, some grades will never meet the state's average.

Fair  Math Gain  Science Gain 

At Current Rate,
Years to Catch
State Avg. Math

 At Current Rate,
Years to Catch
State Avg. ELA
 Ninth Grade  +3 (+62.5%)  +3 (+100%)  8 Years  9 Years
 Tenth Grade  -3 (-75%)  +1 (25%)  Never  27 Years
Hall        
 Ninth Grade  +2 (+60%)  0  13 Years  Never
 Tenth Grade  +2 (+200%)  +3 (+300%)  11 Years  10 Years
McClellan        
 Ninth Grade  +4 (+100%)  +3 (+62.5%)  6 Years  8 Years
 Tenth Grade  0  +5 (+125%)  Never  5 Years

 

School/District Math English Writing Reading Science Enter 3/More
Grades Behind Math
 
Enter 3/More
Grades Behind
English Language Arts
Arkansas    
 Sixth Grade  62%  74%  47%  59%  49%    
 Seventh Grade  48%  79%  39%  38%  44%    
 Eighth Grade  44%  73%  49%  38%  42%    
LRSD    
 Sixth Grade  47%  61%  34%  52%  31%    
 Seventh Grade  34%  65%  29%  33%  31%    
 Eighth Grade  29%  61%  41%  27%  30%    
Cloverdale* **    
 Sixth Grade  22%  44%  20%  47%  15%  67%  61%
 Seventh Grade  19%  48%  15%  23%  19%  65%  63%
 Eighth Grade  8%  41%  20%  14%  13%  63%  65%
Henderson* **    
 Sixth Grade  27%  47%  19%  40%  15%  77%  43%
 Seventh Grade  17%  59%  15%  16%  18%  79%  35%
 Eighth Grade  10%  53%  35%  16%  11%  78%  29%
Mabelvale* **    
 Sixth Grade  44%  49%  20%  39%  12%  69%  33%
 Seventh Grade  22%  53%  14%  22%  13%  72%  52%
 Eighth Grade  19%  51%  33%  20%  16%  77%  52%

 

* Academic Distress (Three-year average of less than 49.5% of students proficient)
** Priority School (Lowest 5% Academic Performing in Arkansas)

School/District  Math  English Reading  Writing  Science   Enter 2/More
Grades Behind Math
 
Enter 2/More
Grades Behind
English Language Arts
 
Arkansas  47%  70%  41%  42%  40%    
LRSD  37%  59%  29%  32%  35%    
Bale***  23%  41%  12%  6%  10%    
Baseline**              
 Second            14.8%  
 Third            31.2%  13%
 Fourth            31.2%  23%
 Fifth            44.1%  26%
Chicot***  29%  46%  18%  20%  16%    
King***  39%  53%  24%  14%  22%    
Pulaski Heights***  66%  78%  52%  49%  57%    
Rockefeller***  31%  53%  21%  15%  22%    
Romine***  27%  45%  16%  17%  20%    
Stephens***  28%  49%  18%  14%  16%    
Wakefield***  42%  51%  19%  35%  19%    
Washington***  30%  44%  15%  16%  15%    
Watson***  21%  43%  14%  17%  12%    
Western Hills***  40%  64%  21%  22%  21%    

** Priority School (Lowest 5% Academic Performing in Arkansas)
*** Focus Schools (Lowest 6-10% Academic Performing in Arkansas)

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