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Norfork collects an ‘A’ once more

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Norfork collects only “A” score in Baxter County for Department of Education’s annual performance report

The Arkansas Department of Education recently released the annual performance report for the 1,026 public schools in the state. Norfork High School, was the only Baxter County school to receive an A grade with a 73.9 score. Norfork’s Arie Goforth Elementary school received a B with a score of 74.8. Last year, Norfork High School received an A and the elementary school a B.

“When we win a big basketball game it makes the news and when we score an A, we want it to make the news too,” said Bobby Hulse, Norfork High School Principal. “We are proud here at Norfork. We are proud of our students, teachers and staff from the custodians and bus drivers to the cafeteria staff. We all work together to make this happen.

“At the high school we consistently do extremely well on ACT Aspire scores. We have a dedicated staff and the students work extremely hard,” he added. “We do many things to make sure our students achieve the goals that are set for them and to continue the tradition of outstanding academic performance that we have achieved.”

Norfork Schools have been recognized at the state and national level for outstanding achievement, including the 2008 Arkansas Golden Apple, an annual award given to the top 10 schools in the state.

Norfork was ranked in the 2016 Best High Schools by U. S. News and in 2014 was awarded a National Blue Ribbon from the U. S. Department of Education. During the past two school years, Norfork Schools earned an “A” from the Arkansas Department of Education.

“Everybody works together here,” said Deanna Klaus, Principal of the Arrie Goforth Elementary. “We are really proud of the amount of growth we have had, especially with our current 6th graders. From the time they first took the ACT Aspire test in the third grade, their English scores have increased 20 points in English, 14 points in math, 28 points in science and 12 points in reading.”

With 82 percent of Norfork students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, they are considered at risk.

“Our poverty level is so high that students enter school a little bit behind, but by the time they are in seventh grade, we have them on grade level and ready for success in high school,” said Klaus. “It is amazing what our faculty and staff do for our students.”

All Mountain Home Schools received a B grade, the same as last year, except for Mountain Home Junior High which went from a B to a C with a score of 65.81. Other scores include Mountain Home Kindergarten at 75.1; Nelson Wilkes Herron 76.08; Hackler Intermediate School 73.62; Pinkston Middle School 74.58; the Junior High’s C at 65.81, and Mountain Home High School Career Academies scored 68.64.

Locally, Calico Rock High School also received an A with a 78.53 score, up from last year’s B and the Calico Rock Elementary School remained at a B with a 73.24 score.

Statewide, only 169 public schools in the state earned an A, an increase of 17 schools over 2018. Schools earning a B decreased slightly from 313 to 311; 358 schools received a C, down from 380 and 150 grades of D, an increase from 145. Fewer schools, 38, earned an F versus 44 last year.

The scores and letter grades are based on the school’s federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) Index Score. The score is calculated on a number of factors including results from the spring 2019 ACT Aspire tests and test improvement, high school graduation rates, attendance, school quality and student success.

For additional information and a complete list of Arkansas School Grades, visit the Arkansas Department of Education website at arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/school-performance/report-card.

Grades and Scores by Local School Districts

School Year 2018-19

Calico Rock Elementary B – 73.24

Calico Rock High School A – 78.53

Cotter Amanda Gist Elementary School B – 73.11

Cotter High School C – 67.08

Flippin Elementary School C – 65.42

Flippin Middle School B – 71.4

Flippin High School C – 66.78

Izard County Consolidated Elementary C – 69.1

Izard County Consolidated Middle School C – 67.44

Izard County Consolidated High School B – 68.44

Norfork Arie Goforth Elementary School B – 74.08

Norfork High School A – 73.9

Mtn. Home Kindergarten B – 75.1

Mtn. Home Wilkes Herron Elementary B – 76.08

Mtn. Home Hackler Intermediate School B – 73.62

Mtn. Home Pinkston Middle School B – 74.58

Mtn. Home Junior High School C – 65.81

Mtn. Home Career Academies High School B – 68.64

Viola Elementary School B – 75.8

Viola High School B – 72.26

Yellville-Summit Elementary School C – 70.15

Yellville-Summit High School B – 69.8

Source: Arkansas Department of Education website

Scoring System

Elementary Grade Span Ratings

Rating    Total    Score    Range

A    79.26    ≤    Score

B    72.17-79.25

C    64.98-72.16

D    58.09 – 64.97

F    

Middle Level Grade Span Ratings 

Rating    Total Score Range

A            75.59 ≤ Score

B            69.94-75.58

C            63.73- 69.93

D            53.58 – 63.72

F           

High School Grade Span Ratings 

Rating    Total Score Range

A             73.22 ≤ Score

B             67.96 – 73.21

C             61.10 – 67.95

D             52.95 – 61.09

F            

Source: Arkansas Department of Education website

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