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McNair & Vandergriff Named High Performing Schools

Posted by Alan on February 18, 2011 8:34 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

home_right.pngThe National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, released its 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Arkansas on its public website www.nc4ea.org this week. The list identifies NCEA Higher Performing Schools--those elementary, middle, and high schools that have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar student populations--and recognizes their achievement in bringing more students to college and career readiness than expected. McNair Middle School and Vandergriff Elementary School were included on the 2010 list.

The 2010 Higher Performing List conveys a strong message to schools and districts across the nation that all students can achieve at high standards and school improvement is possible no matter the zip code.

"Making the list, and especially in all subjects, is a great achievement for these schools. With education reforms focused on higher standards and higher accountability measures such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, these higher performing schools show us that all students can, and will, get there," says Efrain Mercado, Director of Outreach at NCEA. "Our Arkansas educators are doing great work, but if we want every student to graduate with the skills to be successful beyond high school, there's still more work to do. The schools on this list show us that Arkansas is making college and career readiness a priority." Notably, for the spring 2010 Arkansas Augmented Benchmark Examinations (ABE) testing, fewer than 2%, or 17 of the state's public schools, were higher performing in all grades and tested subjects.

Schools on the list are identified by one of two measures: academic growth of students at the school and/or absolute achievement of students at the school using the ABE's advanced performance level. The measures exemplify not only those schools that are able to improve their student performance from previous years but also those schools that push their students beyond the proficient level--a level that is typically too low to accurately measure student preparedness for postsecondary learning. NCEA's identification of Higher Performing Schools is selective and comprises approximately 8% of public schools in the state.

NCEA (formerly known as Just for the Kids) began identifying Higher Performing Schools in Arkansas in 2000 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in the state.

To view the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Arkansas, please visit www.nc4ea.org/HPschoolsar.


Posted by Carlena Lambert on February 18, 2011 1:53 PM

Congratulations!! This is fabulous. Thanks for making our district stand out as the best of the best!!