The report card is published by the the University of Arkansas' Office for Education in partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Council.
The Arkansas Benchmark exam scores indicate long term improvement across 17 school districts, according to the Council. The average literacy score increased from 69.1 percent in 2007-08 to 81.3 percent in 2012-13. Mathematics scores rose from 73.7 percent to 78 percent in the same five-year period.
The 16-page Northwest Arkansas Report Card outlines students' scores on the Arkansas Benchmark exams, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and high school end-of-course exams. There’s information about the number of students in each of the school districts, student demographics, teacher demographics, per pupil expenditures, and high school graduation rates.
The report also provides information on financial aid, student retention and the percentage of students who earn degrees at local colleges and universities.
Click here to read the full report.