SCMS Receives Awards for High Growth On ACT Aspire Scores

SCMS Receives Awards for High Growth On ACT Aspire Scores

STAR CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school that is Beating the Odds, because students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though the school serves a high percentage of students who participate in Free and Reduced Lunch! As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, recognizing schools with high student growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our Beating the Odds report to be released tomorrow, STAR CITY MIDDLE received the following awards:

"Beating the Odds" High Math Growth: Middle Level (Southeast Region)

"Beating the Odds" High ELA Growth: Middle Level (Southeast Region)

Awards are based on the 2019 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2018 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

This year’s full list of OEP awards can be found here.

“Congratulations SCMS students and staff on this accomplishment! We are proud to share this good news with teachers, students, and our community who contribute to our school’s success,” stated Superintendent, Jon Laffoon. Middle School Principal Gina Richard says, “Congratulations to our students, staff, teachers, and our families. We are proud of our High Overall Growth and High Math and ELA Growth in our region.  Our teachers and staff are dedicated to our mission and vision here at SCMS to empower our students reach their full potential to prepare them for their future.”