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Facts Must Illuminate, Not Obfuscate

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It was first reported on this blog that the Little Rock School District was one of twelve districts/charters in Arkansas improving on the ACT Aspire in every grade.

That is still true.

Unfortunately, like the old game of telephone, it is now been repeated to the point that it sometimes morphs into "The Little Rock School District is one of only twelve districts in the state improving on the ACT Aspire."

That is not true.

In fact, 206 of the 258 districts and charters in Arkansas cumulatively improved on the ACT Aspire. Among those, LRSD ranked 109th in overall improvement.

Also, at a recent LRSD event, it was shared that the district had the highest ACT scores of any district in Pulaski County.

In regard to eleventh graders' summative exam, that is not true.

District  Reading  English  Math  Science 
 Jacksonville/North Pulaski  17.0  16.6  17.0  17.2
 Little Rock  17.9  17.4  17.8  17.9
 North Little Rock  17.3  16.4  17.3  17.4
 Pulaski County  18.8  18.0  17.9  18.4
 Arkansas Average  18.8  18.3  18.4  18.9

 

Actually, four of the LRSD's five high schools declined in readiness on all four subjects of the ACT.

Schools  Reading  English  Math  Science  2015-16
Ready All 4 Subjects 
2016-17
Ready All 4 Subjects 
Growth/
Decline
 
 Central  20.6  20.4  19.9  20.1  22.3%  26.8%  +4.5
 Fair  15.3  13.9  15.9  15.1  1.7%  .7%  -1
 Hall  14.1  13.3  15.2  14.2  1.5%  0%  -1.5
 McClellan  14.2  13.7  15.6  15.8  .7%  .7%  0
 Parkview  19.0  18.6  18.0  18.8  15.5%  9.2%  -6.3
 Arkansas Average  18.8  18.3  18.4  18.9  12.7%  13.6%  +.9

 

Clearly, the district's highest performing students have been Balkanized into Central and to a lesser extent at Parkview, which dropped 6.3 points in 2016-17, the greatest decline in the county. The percentage of students meeting readiness benchmarks in all four subjects declined in three of five LRSD high schools, while McClellan's .7% remained the same.

Most egregiously, Hall High School had zero students meeting the readiness benchmark in all four subjects. That only occurred in 19 of Arkansas's 291 high schools.

Here's how the rest of the public high schools performed in Pulaski County.

Reading  English  Math  Science  2015-16
Ready All 4 Subjects
2016-17
Ready All 4 Subjects
Growth/
Decline
Jacksonville  17.0  16.6  17.0  17.2  3.1%  6%  +2.9
Maumelle  19.7  19.0  18.4  19.0  14.4%  16%  +1.6
Mills  17.3  16.5  17.1  17.0  8.3%  10.3%  +2
North Little Rock  17.3  16.4  17.3  17.4  8.9%  9.1%  +.2
Robinson  18.6  17.1  17.2  18.3  3.2%  8.5%  +5.3
Sylvan Hills  18.8  18.2  18.2  18.7  5.9%  11.9%  +6
eStem Charter  20.0  19.9  19.2  20.1  13.8%  22.5%  +8.7%
Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter  18.5  17.1  17.1  17.9  NA  9.1%  NA
LISA Charter  18.7  17.8  18.8  18.1  16.4%  22.9%  +6.5
LISA North Charter  21.2  22.1  19.8  19.2  22.7%  21.7%  -1
Maumelle Charter  19.9  20.3  18.8  20.0  6.9%  12.8%  +5.9
Premier Charter  13.8  13.2  15.5  14.8  0%  3.6%  -3.6
SIA Tech Charter  N<10  N<10  N<10  N<10  <10 NA  0%  NA
Arkansas Average  18.8  18.3  18.4  18.9  12.7%  13.6%  +.9

 

Every public high school in Pulaski County - traditional and charter - outperformed three of five LRSD high schools. And seven of twelve outperformed four of five LRSD high schools.

Facts must illuminate, not obfuscate.

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