Trumann Intermediate School, Harrisburg Elementary, and Harrisburg High School were recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement(NCEA) as Higher Performing Schools in the state of Arkansas.
According to the NCEA website, recognition as an NCEA Higher Performing School indicates a school's deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting more students on the path to college and career readinesss--regardless of socio-economic barriers or any other obstacles that might otherwise impede success.
These schools stand out as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of better preparing students for life after high school.
The Trumann Intermediate school was identified as a Higher Performing School based on the consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years. The area of improvement was in math.
"To my knowledge, this is Trumann Intermediate School's first time being on the list," said Principal Bobby Benson. According to Benson, there are many aspects of the school that helped it receive this recognition.
Benson believes the modified block schedule the school practices helped the school to improve. Instead of only an hour of math and literacy, students at Trumann have an hour and a half of each subject. "This allows more time to challenge the more advanced students, yet support struggling students," said Benson.
He also said the devoted teachers collaborate rather than work alone. "The team approach helps our faculty tremendously," Benson said.
Other reasons Principal Benson believes Trumann recieved a spot on the list include following student interest, planning, and the technology. The school tailors to the interest of the students and plans with their best interest in mind.
"We've always had some of the best technology around, too, and I believe that has always helped," said Benson. He said this recognition shows Trumann is doing a good job at preparing students for college and life.
Harrisburg Elementary and High School were identified for their absolute student achievement using the schools' Advanced Performace results. Harrisburg Elementary excelled in all three categories of math, science, and literacy. The high school was recognized for its advancement in literacy.
NCEA began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Arkansas.