Department of Education grades are in for 2014-2015 school year

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recently school grades for the 2014-2015 year. This is the second year ADE has published a performance report report on the state's schools which evaluate school performance on an A-F grading scale based on student performance on state assessment tests.

Scores are based on a 300 point scale with A being 270-300, B being 240-269, C being 210-239, D being 180-209, and F being 180 and below. According to the ADE website, grades measure school performance, growth, and graduation rates.

The 2014-2015 grades for Poinsett County schools are as follows:

*Trumann--Cedar Park Elementary, 222, C; Trumann Intermediate School (5-6), 207, D; Trumann Intermediate School (7-8), 197, D; Trumann High School, 209, D.

*Marked Tree--Marked Tree Elementary, 219, C; Marked Tree Middle School, 235, C; Marked Tree High School, 257, B.

*East Poinsett County--Lepanto Elementary, 238, C; Tyronza Elementary, 221, C; EPC High School, 239, C.

*Harrisburg--Harrisburg Elementary, 206, D; Weiner Elementary, 220, C; Harrisburg Middle School, 188, D; Harrisburg High School, 211, C.

For comparison, last year's scores for the 2013-2014 school year were as follows:

*Trumann--Cedar Park Elementary, 206, D; Trumann Intermediate School (5-6), 175, F; Trumann Intermediate School (7-8), 175, F; Trumann High School, 204, D.

*Marked Tree--Marked Tree Elementary, 246, B; Marked Tree Middle School, 231, C; Marked Tree High School, 287, A.

*East Poinsett County--Lepanto Elementary, 247, B; Tyronza Elementary, 189, D; EPC High School, 258, B.

*Harrisburg--Harrisburg Elementary, 264, B; Weiner Elementary, 300, A; Harrisburg Middle School, 188, D; Harrisburg High School, 197, D.

Marked Tree Superintendent Annesa Thompson said the grades represent a small snapshot of school progress and that the information in assessment itself is more important than the letter grades. "The use of the A-F grading scale by the ADE is just one small snapshot of any school. That snapshot is limited only to the subjects of math and literacy," Thompson said. "While we are not thrilled with our grades, particularly troubling, however, is the knowledge that the grade is based on only one year of PARRC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing. Most researchers will agree that it is necessary to have three (3) years of the same test for the results to be valid. Regardless, however, what is most important for us, as well as other schools, is to glean as much information as we can from the assessment, not the grade, in order to progress our students."

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