NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Arkansas' Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 68.2%, Black 23%, Hispanic 6.8%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 1.4%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Arkansas Students

  Arkansas United States
Total Students 474,206 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 52.9% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 4.4% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 12.3% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Arkansas Schools

  Arkansas United States
Number of Schools 1,138 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 633 (61.7%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 239 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 53 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Arkansas Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $ 199,781,969; a 56% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

Arkansas Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.9% in low poverty schools, 95.8% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.6% in low poverty schools, 95.9% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Arkansas's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Arkansas 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 58% 64% 29%
White 67% 74% 36%
Black 37% 35% 9%
Hispanic 44% 48% 16%
Low Income 47% 50% 17%

  Arkansas 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 63% 70% 25%
White 71% 79% 32%
Black 44% 43% 8%
Hispanic 49% 60% 15%
Low Income 52% 58% 15%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Arkansas 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 65% 81% 37%
White 74% 89% 46%
Black 42% 56% 12%
Hispanic 54% 77% 22%
Low Income 55% 73% 24%

  Arkansas 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 48% 65% 24%
White 57% 74% 31%
Black 22% 42% 9%
Hispanic 38% 46% 8%
Low Income 34% 54% 14%

Source: Arkansas Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 217, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored 258, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored 217, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 258, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored 214, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored 258, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2002 4th graders scored 213, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 260, while nationally they scored 263.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 238, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored 274, while nationally they scored 280.  

In 2005 4th graders scored 237, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored 271, while nationally they scored 278.  

In 2003 4th graders scored 229, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored 266, while nationally they scored 276.  

In 2000 4th graders scored 216, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored 257, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Arkansas Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 83% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 76.8% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Arkansas Nation
8,161
(30.6%)
666,067
(24.2%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Arkansas Students % of Eligible Arkansas Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring Not Available Not Available 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 105,807 399 (0.4%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Arkansas

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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