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Dear Little Rock, You're Welcome. Love, Arkansas

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dear Little Rock,

Tough love is, well, tough. But true love isn't a feeling which comes and goes; it's unwavering action.

Since our intervention on January 28, 2015:

2015-16

  • Academics
    • A-B Schools
      • A School (285 of 300; 2nd in Arkansas) - Forest Park Elementary
      • B School (269 of 300; Tied for 7th in Arkansas) - Roberts Elementary
      • B School (265 of 300; Tied for 10th in Arkansas) - Parkview High School
    • Reward Schools (18 - Most in District History)
      • Top 5% Performing in Arkansas - Forest Park Elementary
      • Top 5% Performing in Arkansas - Gibbs Elementary
      • Top 5% Performing in Arkansas - Jefferson Elementary
      • Top 5% Performing in Arkansas - Roberts Elementary
      • Top 5% Performing in Arkansas - Williams Elementary
      • Top 6-10% Performing in Arkansas - Forest Heights STEM Academy K-8
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Forest Park Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Cloverdale Middle
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Forest Heights STEM Academy K-8
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Forest Park Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Gibbs Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Mabelvale Middle
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas) - Mann Middle
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansa - Pulaski Heights Middle
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Roberts Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Williams Elementary
      • Top 6-10% Growth in Arkansas - Henderson Middlle
      • Top 6-10% Growth in Arkansas) - Jefferson Elementary
  • Extra-curricular
    • State Championship
      • Boys Basketball - McClellan
  • Administration
    • Cut licensed staff (which includes administrators) by 166 (22%)
  • Equity
    • Lowest loss of White students on recent record (12 years): -99

2016-17

  • Academics
    • Baseline Elementary removed from Academic Distress
    • Reward Schools
      • Top 5% Performance in Arkansas - Fair Park Elementary
      • Top 5% Performance in Arkansas - Roberts Elementary
      • Top 6-10% Performance in Arkansas - Forest Heights STEM Academy K-8
      • Top 6-10% Performance in Arkansas - Gibbs Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Fair Park Elementary
      • Top 5% Growth in Arkansas - Roberts Elementary
      • Top 6-10% Growth in Arkansas - Gibbs Elementary
  • Extra-curricular
    • State Championship
      • Boys Basketball - Parkview
  • Student Facilities
    • Pinnacle View Middle School opens sixth grade
  • Equity (more)
    • Lowest enrollment gap between African-American and White students on recent record (13 years): 10,549
    • Lowest loss of White students on recent record (13 years): - 11

2017-18

  • Academics
    • Fair, McClellan High Schools removed from Academic Distress
    • One of twelve districts, charters in Arkansas to improve in all grades on ACT Aspire; only second time on recent record (14 years) (more)
    • U.S. Department of Education names Roberts Elementary National Blue Ribbon School
  • Student Facilities
    • Low-enrollment Franklin, Wilson, Hamilton, Woodruff closed
    • Pinnacle View Middle School opens as largest building in district
    • Second lien bonds approved to build, refurbish student facilities
    • Ground broken for Little Rock Southwest High School
  • Administration
    • Highest projected revenue in history: $351,033,566 (more)
  • Equity (more)
    • Lowest loss of students to other schools on recent record (14 years): -334 (13-year average annual loss: -778)
    • Lowest enrollment gap between African-American and White students on recent record (14 years): 10,069
    • Narrowed percentage gap between African-American and White students for first time on recent record (14 years)
    • Second lowest loss of White students on recent record (14 years): -83
    • Cut historically highest exodus of students between fifth and sixth grades in half, from -368 to -185
    • Replacing attendance zone with elementary feeder schools, Pinnacle View opened as most demographically balanced school in district (2 or more races 1.2%, Asian 8.2%, Black 42%, Hispanic 4.7%, Native American/Native Alaskan .2%, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .2%, White 43%)

While we've come a long way, we still have a long way to go. But we'll get there. Together. One day and one student at a time.

Love,

Arkansas

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