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Arkansas schools failing to meet goals for 5+ years

Here is the list, according to the Arkansas Department of Education, of schools that have failed to meet math and literacy standards for five or more years:
The number of Arkansas schools repeatedly failing to meet math and literacy goals more than tripled during the last school year, according to statistics released Friday by the state Department of Education.

Fifty-eight schools are considered "state-directed" schools, meaning that after five or more years, they haven't made adequate yearly progress in meeting goals established by the federal No Child Left Behind law. That's up from 16 schools a year ago.

"It is a disturbing number as we see that increase," Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell said. "But this is a plan to help those schools recognize where their difficulties are and what can be done to help remedy those."

Once a district is listed as state-directed, the state has the authority to appoint a school improvement director to help improve student performance.

"We're not saying these districts or these schools are failing," Kimbrell said. "We're saying they're in need of improving their instructional programs in order to meet the needs of their students."

On the district level, 213 school systems meet standards, while 25 are being monitored because they've fallen short for two consecutive years. The Hughes School District, in the Mississippi Delta, is the only district in its fourth year of not making adequate yearly progress.

"We have a state director that's working directly in that district and in that school almost every day," Kimbrell said.

The state said 498 schools met academic standards last year.

The No Child Left Behind Act calls for all students to show achievement at their grade levels in math and reading by 2013-2014.

Here is the list, according to the Arkansas Department of Education, of schools that have failed to meet math and literacy standards for five or more years:

—Alma Middle School, year 6

—Anna Strong Middle School, Lee County, year 6

—Arkadelphia High School, year 6

—Arkansas High School, Texarkana, year 6

—Augusta Elementary School, year 7

—Central High School, Helena-West Helena, year 6

—Chicot Primary School, Little Rock, year 6

—Cloverdale Middle School, Little Rock, year 7

—Dora Kimmons Jr. High School, Fort Smith, year 7

—Dunbar Magnet Middle School, Little Rock, year 6

—Fordyce Middle School, year 6

—Forest Heights Middle School, Little Rock, year 6

—Forrest City High School, year 6

—Fuller Middle School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Gosnell Elementary School, year 6

—Hall High School, Little Rock, year 6

—Hampton High School, year 6

—Henderson Middle School, Little Rock, year 6

—Hermitage High School, year 6

—Hope High School, year 6

—Hot Springs Middle School, year 6

—Hughes High School, year 7

—J.A. Fair High School, Little Rock, year 6

—Jack Robey Jr. High School, Pine Bluff, year 7

—Jacksonville High School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Joe T. Robinson High School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Lakewood Middle School, North Little Rock, year 6

—Landmark Elementary School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Lee High School, Lee County, year 6

—Lucilia Wood Elementary School, Marvell, year 8

—Lynch Drive Elementary School, North Little Rock, year 8

—Mabelvale Middle School, Little Rock, year 6

—Marked Tree Elementary School, year 6

—Marvell High School, year 7

—McClellan Magnet High School, Little Rock, year 6

—Mildred Jackson Elementary School, Hughes, year 7

—Miller Jr. High School, Helena-West Helena, year 7

—Monticello High School, year 6

—North Heights Jr. High School, Texarkana, year 6

—North Little Rock High School East Campus, year 6

—North Little Rock High School West Campus, year 6

—North Pulaski High School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Northside High School, Fort Smith, year 6

—Northwood Middle School, Pulaski County, year 6

—Oak Grove High School, Pulaski County, year 7

—Pine Bluff High School, year 6

—Rivercrest High School, S. Mississippi County, year 6

—Rose City Middle School, North Little Rock, year 8

—Sylvan Hills Middle School, Pulaski County, year 7

—Tilles Elementary School, Fort Smith, year 7

—Turrell High School, year 7

—Trusty Elementary School, Fort Smith, year 6

—Watson Chapel Jr. High School, year 6

—Watson Intermediate School, Little Rock, year 6

—West Memphis High School, year 6

—Wilbur D. Mills High School, Pulaski County, year 6

—William O. Darby Jr. High School, Fort Smith, year 7

—Wonder Elementary School, West Memphis, year 6


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