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Just the Facts: Texarkana School District

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Here are required state and federal accountability measures for the Texarkana School District and its respective schools.

Percentage Meeting Readiness Benchmark on ACT Aspire (Grades 3 - 10)

District/State Math Growth Rank
(of 262)
English Growth (ELA) Rank
(of 262)
Reading Rank
(of 262)
Writing Rank
(of 262)
Science Rank
(of 262)
Arkansas 47% +4 NA 70% +4 NA 41% 42% 40%
Grade 3 59% +2 73% +3
37% 19% 38%
Grade 4 55% +1 70% +8
43% 33% 42%
Grade 5 52% +4 72% +4
35% 42% 42%
Grade 6 62% +7 74% +5
47% 59% 49%
Grade 7 48% +5 79% +6
39% 38% 44%
Grade 8 44% +6 73% +5 49% 38% 42%
Grade 9 30% +2 58% +4
39% 51% 32%
Grade 10 25% +3
60% +4 36% 57% 33%
Texarkana 34% +3 (140th) 200th 60% +3
(166th)
216th 29% 207th 33% 176th 28% 209th
Grade 3 51% +8 71% +3 30% 14% 32%
Grade 4 36% -11 62% +5 36% 21% 33%
Grade 5 35% +5 54% -2 23% 30% 26%
Grade 6 53% +11 56% +4 25% 46% 28%
Grade 7 29% -2 69% +2 20% 28% 27%
Grade 8 36% +13 58% +6 42% 42% 33%
Grade 9 15% -2 49% +1 30% 42% 22%
Grade 10 16% +1 55% +4 29% 53% 22%

 
Percentage Meeting Readiness Benchmark on ACT Aspire (Grades 3 - 10)

School  Math  Rank
(of 1008)
English  Rank
(of 1008)
Reading  Rank
(of 1008) 
Writing Rank
(of 1008)
Science  Rank
(of 1008)
 
 Arkansas Average  47%  NA  70%  NA  41%  NA  42%  NA  40%  NA
 Arkansas High School (9-12) *  16%  950th  53%  879th  30%  749th  48%  289th  23%  845th
 Washington Academy (7-12)  12%  973rd  42%  968th  21%  904th  39%  472nd  9%  984th
 North Heights Jr. High (7-8)  33%  734th  64%  690th  31%  712th  36%  559th  30%  722nd
 College Hill Middle (5-6) **  43%  545th  55%  848th  24%  863rd  37%  526th  27%  783rd
 College Hill Elementary (K-4)   43%  562nd  78%  286th  35%  606th  18%  882nd  37%  562nd
 Edward D. Trice Elementary (K-4)  50%  436th  70%  532nd  43%  355th  26%  765th  40%  464th
 Fairview Elementary (K-4)  35%  687th  51%  904th  28%  790th  11%  962nd  25%  813th
 Union Elementary **  34%  716th  67%  615th  25%  855th  7%  990th  24%  821st
 Vera Kilpatrick Elementary  44%  536th  61%  760th  23%  876th  15%  928th  27%  773rd


* Priority School
** Focus School

  

Percentage Meeting Readiness Benchmark on ACT (11th Grade)

  Math 

Rank
(of 249)

English  Rank
(of 249) 
Reading  Rank
(of 249)
Science  Rank
(of 249) 
All Four  Rank
(of 249)
 
Arkansas  24%    49%    30%  NA  21%  NA  14%  NA
Texarkana  17%  166th  38%  180th  23%  160th  14%  168th  8%  157th

 

Demographics

FRL* Rank
(of 270)
SPED** Rank
(of 270)
LEP*** Rank
(of 270)
White Rank
(of 270)
Hispanic Rank
(of 270)
Black Rank
(of 270)
Other Rank
(of 270)
Minority Rank
(of 270)
Arkansas 61% 12% 9% 62% 13% 20% 5% 38%
Texarkana 60% 181st 9% 236th 1% 117th 38% 225th 4% 149th 53% 34th 5% 76th 62% 43rd


* Free and Reduced Lunch
** Special Education
*** Limited English Proficiency

 

* Priority Schools
Designation of Lowest 5% Academically Performing Schools in Arkansas Required by U.S. Department of Education
http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Public_School_Accountability/School_Performance/Priority_March_10_2017.xlsx

45-Day Reports
Required of All Priority Schools, Shared with Respective Legislators, State Board of Education
https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=1001636&mk=50227360

** Focus Schools
Designation of Lowest 6-10% Academically Performing Schools in Arkansas, Required by U.S. Department of Education
http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Public_School_Accountability/School_Performance/March_2017_Focus_School_List_rv.xlsx

Arkansas School Districts Exempting from Inter-district Schools Choice
Linked to Claimed Federal Conflict
(Note: All Garland County school districts have been prohibited by a U.S. District Judge from participating; all others exempt at discretion of their boards.)
http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/equity-assistance/school-choice

Act 1240 Waivers
94 Arkansas School Districts Have Sought Waivers Granted to Charter Schools (Not Texarkana)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lecc9E7kGONmSNdWHS8dlVS3FjvFpGeo0a_NzIw-BCY/edit#gid=1020623295
District Waivers Approved by State Board of Education
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t5pH_gZvT_5OqyNgzLKFf_Ix4b6vc_D4XbOgrIL68FE/edit#gid=1110501659

Sources:
http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/arkansas-school-data-act-aspire
https://myschoolinfo.arkansas.gov

Suggestions to Improve Educational Outcomes for Texarkana Students

According to 2016 census estimates, Texarkana's school-age population is 4,936. The enrollment of the district is 4,257.

  1. Participate in Inter-district School Choice
  2. Seek Act 1240 Waivers from Arkansas Department of Education
    94 Arkansas School Districts Have Sought Waivers Granted to Charter Schools (Not Texarkana)
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lecc9E7kGONmSNdWHS8dlVS3FjvFpGeo0a_NzIw-BCY/edit#gid=1020623295
    District Waivers Approved by State Board of Education
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t5pH_gZvT_5OqyNgzLKFf_Ix4b6vc_D4XbOgrIL68FE/edit#gid=1110501659
  3. Work with Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) to Create World-class, Business-led, Industry-relevant Career Technical Education
  4. Work with APSRC to Apply for a District Conversion Charter(s)
    http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/charter-schools/charter-school-applications
  5. Work with APSRC to Recruit High Performing Open-enrollment Public Charter(s) to Target Most Challenged Population
    http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/charter-schools/charter-school-applications
  6. Dedicate Resources to Ensuring All Students Read at Grade Level
  7. Conduct Labor-shed Study to Determine Residence of All Employees in Texarkana
  8. Identify, Recruit, Elect Members of Texarkana School Board Aligned with Core Principles of 1) Student-focus, 2) Transparency, 3) Accountability, 4) Rewards, and 5) Choice
  9. Through Inter-local Agreements, Collaborate with Contiguous Districts, Governmental Entities to Ensure Excellent Education Options for All
  10. Understand, Respond to Market Demand - Compete 

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