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Old 08-23-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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The Arkansas Policy Foundation has graded all Arkansas schools using the ninth grade SAT scores for school year 2007-2008, and giving grades "A" through "F". Since it is not feasible to post all 70+ grades here, if you are interested in a specific school or schools, reply here and I will respond.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Alma
Greenwood
Van Buren
Cedarville
Ramsey (Fort Smith)
Chaffin (Fort Smith)
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Alma
Greenwood
Van Buren
Cedarville
Ramsey (Fort Smith)
Chaffin (Fort Smith)
Well Doc, and anyone else reading this thread, late last night I realized I should have posted how to access that info instead of leaving it dangling like I did. And to add to the problem, I cannot find that list in this bottomless pit I call a desk. Anyway, download Arkansas Policy Foundation and it will give links to that, and more. In fact, it is a very interesting and informative site. 'sor 'bout dat!
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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I couldn't find the whole list, but I did find the article referring to it. Here is an excerpt (with citation).

Arkansas Policy Foundation

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Top Districts (A Grade)

Districts receiving top grades (A or A-minus) in the study are Lake Hamilton, Bentonville, Pottsville, Fayetteville, Conway, Lakeside (Garland County), Mena, Bryant, Searcy, Scranton, Valley View, Salem, Greenwood, Mountainburg, Dardanelle, Bismarck, and Parkers Chapel.

Failing Districts (F Grade)

Districts receiving failing (F) grades are Forrest City, Dermott, Augusta, Helena-West Helena, Turrell, Earle, Hughes, Dollarway, and Hermitage.
I haven't heard of most of the failing districts, so I am assuming they are in either Eastern or Southern Arkansas. Not too surprising.

I would like to see the correlation of the teachers' salary schedule compared to the success rate of these schools. I know G-wood, Bentonville, & Fayetteville pay decent, but I don't know about the failing schools (Mountainburg pays almost state minimum and made an A).
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I couldn't find the whole list, but I did find the article referring to it. Here is an excerpt (with citation).

Arkansas Policy Foundation



I haven't heard of most of the failing districts, so I am assuming they are in either Eastern or Southern Arkansas. Not too surprising.

I would like to see the correlation of the teachers' salary schedule compared to the success rate of these schools. I know G-wood, Bentonville, & Fayetteville pay decent, but I don't know about the failing schools (Mountainburg pays almost state minimum and made an A).
Yes, that correlation would be interesting to know. I know the Little Rock School District pays very good, but none of their schools made the A/A- cut. Some I know about (except salaries) are; Lakeside is a fairly large school in the country outside Hot Springs, Pottsville is a wide place in the road, Mena is a small (5,000 pop) country community, and Bismarck is a country crossroads. So, one may assume, quality/dedication of teaching staff is the key.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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here's the list:

http://www.arkansaspolicyfoundation....nkings0708.pdf
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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After looking over the link, it doesn't seem that school performance is tied so much to teacher salaries/pupil expenditures as much as it is tied to things like geographic density, and the education level of parents.
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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This is some good info. Thanks for sharing. I am a parent thinking of moving to NW Ar within the next yr so this info is important to know.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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After looking over the link, it doesn't seem that school performance is tied so much to teacher salaries/pupil expenditures as much as it is tied to things like geographic density, and the education level of parents.
I agree, the attitude and education of the parents will determine a lot more than the pay of the teachers or the cost per child.

Nita
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Alma C
Greenwood A
Van Buren B
Fort Smith B

So, it looks like Alma scored the worst among the non-speed trap cities in the River Valley. That was a shock for me as many people say they have a great district.
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