The south Logan County school receiving the best grade on the report cards issued by the Department of Education last week was JD Leftwich High School in Magazine.
The school, which is no longer attributed with the Leftwich name, received a B grade. Booneville’s high and junior high schools all received a grace of C and the Booneville Elementary School grade was a D.
The reports, which reflect information from the 2016-2017 school year, highlight student academic achievement and growth, graduation rate, and school quality and student success for public schools in the state, according to a Department of Education news release.
According to the news release the B grade for Magazine’s high school was one of 86 in the state, or 28.6 percent. Only 34 high schools, 11.3 percent, received an A.
The C grade for Booneville High School one of 122 schools, 40.5 percent of the schools in the state.
The C for Booneville Junior High was one of 66, or 32.4 percent. There were 46 schools receiving an A (22.6 percent) and 58 (28.4 percent) receiving a B.
The C for Magazine Elementary School was one of 196 schools, or 36.6 percent. There were 83 school receiving an A (15.5 percent) and 146 receiving a B (27.3 percent). The D for Booneville Elementary was one of 88 such grades, or 16.5 percent.
There were grades of F assigned to 22 elementary, two middle level and nine high schools in the state.
As a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Arkansas is able to include additional information that will give educators, parents and communities a better picture of overall school success. For example, for the first time ever, the ESSA School Index score (a calculation that includes students’ weighted achievement and growth on state required assessments for grades three through 10, graduation rates, and school quality and student success) provides parents an in-depth report of schools’ progress toward the approved indicators.
“While comprehensive, the performance reports are just one tool parents, schools and communities can use to determine student and school success. The tool should be used to encourage ongoing communication between all stakeholders as they work together to improve education for all students,” a news release states.