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Earlier this week, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas recognized Pinkston Middle School as a school that showed high growth overall and on the math portion of the ACT Aspire.
The OEP creates an annual report called the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards that recognizes schools with high student academic growth. According to a congratulatory email sent to district superintendent Dr. Jake Long and middle school principal Lindsey Blevins, the OEP thinks “growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.”
The awards were based on the 2019 ACT Aspire scores, and these growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2018, compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. The awards Pinkston has received are Statewide High Overall Growth: Middle Level, Statewide High Math Growth: Middle Level, High Math Growth: Middle Level (Northwest Region).
Blevins said she believes the relationships that teachers build with their students are important to student academic growth.
“It is such a privilege to work with such dedicated teachers who do everything they can to support and build relationships with our students,” she said. “These relationships develop such a capacity, that our students want to perform and achieve.”
A copy of the report can be found here: http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/downloads/2019/10/2019-oep-awards_middle-act-aspire-growth.pdf.
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