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Ashdown school recognized for ACT scores

by Press Release | October 28, 2019 at 8:59 p.m. | Updated October 28, 2019 at 8:59 p.m.

ASHDOWN, Ark.- Ashdown Junior High School has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas as a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire.

The OEP creates the annual report of Outstanding Educational Performance Awards to recognize schools for high student academic growth.


AJHS received the following awards:

- High Overall Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region)

- High Math Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region)

- High ELA Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region)


AJHS Principal James K. Jones said they were proud of the improvements.

"The teachers and staff are committed to student academic success as well as making AJHS a place where students expect to succeed and do so," he said. "Our improved growth in student test scores for the last several years indicates that we have excellent teachers in English/language arts, math and other key core subjects who work together as a team."

Awards are based on the 2019 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. The scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2018 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering a prior achievement.

"We are extremely excited about the direction our campuses are going and we could not be more proud of the awards AJHS has received and for all of the hard work and commitment that our students and staff have put forward to making this positive growth happen," Ashdown Public School Superintendent Casey Nichols said.

-From Ashdown Public Schools


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