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Department of Education Releases School Rankings

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Department of Education released its annual report ranking the 1,300 schools in the Natural State.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Department of Education released its annual report ranking the 1,300 schools in the Natural State. Each year under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Program, the Department must rank these schools. The schools fall into one of five categories.

"We had a total of 137 of our public schools that had shown sufficient improvements on their testing scores to have met their annual targets," said Tom Kimbrell, Department of Education commissioner.

Roughly 10 percent (137) of schools made the top of the class, or the 'Achieving' status, and that number has gone down since last year when there were 336. The overall basis of the rankings is a requirement of schools to meet certain goals.

"It really incumbers each local school district to be transparent and communicate with their parents, their teachers, their staff, of the hard work that's going on in the classroom, the success that's going on in their school," Kimbrell said.

Brady Elementary in Little Rock is one of just 14 schools to make the jump from the 'Needs Improvement Priority' list to the 'Achieving' list.

"It has been a huge excitement today, the staff has really been roaring, the students are all excited," said Brady Principal Tyrone Harris.

The move from one list to another is one that is years in the making.

"It's a huge accomplishment as a school to show two years of consecutive growth, because it shows that your doing some things that are most definitely the right thing for the students to make sure we are meeting their needs," Harris added.

A high mark that is always growing, the target a school needs to keep its position increases every year.

"We are constantly looking at how we can improve with instruction," Harris said.

For a complete list of the school rankings click here.
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