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Beating the Odds

Two LRSD schools - Wakefield Elementary and Mabelvale Middle - were just recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as schools that are Beating the Odds.  They earned this distinction because students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though the schools serve a high percentage of students who participate in Free and Reduced Lunch!  As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year they are recognizing schools with high student growth.  Offiicials believe growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that schools are having on students.

In the Beating the Odds report to be released this week, the following awards were announced:

Wakefield Elementary

  • Statewide "Beating the Odds" Math Growth: Elementary Level
  • "Beating the Odds" Math Growth: Elementary Level (Central Region)
  • "Beating the Odds" ELA Growth: Elementary Level (Central Region)

Mabelvale Middle  

  • "Beating the Odds" Math Growth: Middle Level (Central Region)

Awards are based on the 2018 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2017 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. Schools are recognized based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how OEP award winners are determined and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

Congratulations to the students, staff, and administrators at both of these schools!

This year’s full list of OEP awards can be found here.