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215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds
215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds

UNDATED, Ark. (Arkansas Learns) - Being a high performing and improving school not only draws recognition and honor, it also can result in additional funding.

In the 2014-2015 school year, 215 public schools were recognized as high performing and gaining schools through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. The program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, “pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-2107, the Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, high graduation rate.

“Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-2107 authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top 10% of all Arkansas public schools in combined student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, graduation rate under criteria set forth by rule of the state board.

“Up to $50 per student enrolled (was) awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 11% and top 20% of all public schools in Arkansas in combined student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, graduation rate under criteria set forth by rule of the state board.

“Needs Improvement Focus and Need Improvement Priority Schools are ineligible for rewards.

“The top 10% and 20% schools were identified by assigning a percentile rank for the measures of each school’s performance, growth, and graduation rate (if applicable). The average of the assigned percentile ranks were calculated and the top deciles were identified.”

Schools receiving recognition funds earlier this year established a committee to determine the best use of the funds. The committee included the principal, a teacher elected by the faculty, and a parent representative selected by the local parent teacher organization or another parental involvement group.

Schools could use the funds for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials, or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance.

For a complete list of schools and amounts they received, click here.

Arkansas Learns, the private sector alliance of parents, employers and citizens dedicated to excellent education for all students, championed the Reward School funding in the 89th General Assembly and subsequent Fiscal Session and provided the presentation checks for Legislators. For more, visit ArkansasLearns.org

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