Marvell Elementary School has been ranked one of the top five most improved schools in the Southeast Region of Arkansas according to a study entitled, “Outstanding Educational Performance Awards: Highlighting Most Improved Schools, 2010-2011. The report also cited Marvell High School for improvements in Algebra I and literacy.

 

Marvell Elementary School has been ranked one of the top five most improved schools in the Southeast Region of Arkansas according to a study entitled, “Outstanding Educational Performance Awards: Highlighting Most Improved Schools, 2010-2011. The report also cited Marvell High School for improvements in Algebra I and literacy.
The Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville released the report on Dec. 7. The purpose of the report is to recognize the “most improved” schools in Arkansas. The report analyzes and compares the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program data for two years. The schools were identified by subtracting the students scoring proficient and advanced in 2010 from the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced in 2011.
In 2010, Marvell-Elaine Elementary’s proficiency rate stood at 58 percent. The rate spiraled to 74 percent, a 16 percent increase, ranking it fourth in this region of the state.
Marvell-Elaine High School ranked fourth among the 20 high schools in the region in gains on the End of the Course Algebra I exams. The data revealed that MEHS had a proficiency rate of 29 percent in the Southeast Region. The figures show the rate increased to 56 percent in 2011, a gain of 27 percentage points.
Marvell-Elaine High School, which increased 16 percentage points between 2010 and 2011 in the End of the Course Literacy Exam, ranks second in the state among the 23 high schools in the region. MEHS had a proficiency rate of 43 percent in 2011 compared to 27 percent in 2010.
“We are extremely proud of our students, teachers and administrators for the improvement in their test results,” stated Superintendent Ruth Denson. “Our parents and community stakeholders are also to be commended for working with us in a positive manner in order to help us reach these goals.”
Denson went on to say that the district is well on its way of achieving it mission to equitably educate all students, to inspire all students to believe that learning is a lifelong process and to foster good citizenship by providing each student with the opportunity to develop skills for obtaining and utilizing information, coping with the dynamics of society, thinking, reasoning and problems solving, developing creativity and positive human relationships in an environment conducive to learning.
Statewide the study revealed that a higher percentage of Arkansas students met the state’s proficiency standards for literacy and math this year. The overall report showed 20 elementary schools received improvement recognition for each of the state’s five regions. Those schools improved their proficiency rates ranging from 22 points to 14 percentage points.