Ashdown Junior and Senior High Schools Recognized As High-Growth Schools In SW Arkansas


Recently, Ashdown Junior High School (AJHS) and Ashdown High School (AHS) were recognized by the Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as high growth middle and high schools in the southwest region of Arkansas based upon the results of last year’s 2017 ACT aspire testing, particularly in the area of English Language Arts. (ELA) AJHS and AHS showed an improvement in all tested areas last year and expect the same level of growth from this year’s ACT Aspire testing conducted in May of 2018. Principal James K. Jones of AJHS stated, “This is a sign that our school is focused on student academic achievement and the students, as well as the entire AJHS staff are committed to continuing this success. The mission of the Office for Education Policy is to examine educational issues through the lens of academic research and disseminate findings to educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders around Arkansas. Annually, they highlight excellent schools around the state with the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards or the OEP awards."

This OEP Award highlights schools in Arkansas based on student growth on the ACT Aspire exams in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). These awards focus on student growth for these OEP awards because we think it is a better reflection than proficiency rates of how the school is impacting students. Growth is calculated at the student level and essentially reflects how much a student improved his or her score from the prior year compared to what was predicted based on prior achievement history.The OEP is pleased to be able to highlight how students are growing academically in schools across the state, and hope the information will spark discussion among stakeholders about how to ensure all schools are growing the knowledge of Arkansas students.