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Arkansas Department of Education lists 25 schools under academic distress

(Source: KATV) (Source: KATV)

Twenty-five Arkansas schools have been listed as being under academic distress by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Schools in Blytheville, West Memphis, and Helena-West Helena made the list.

According to Little Rock ABC-affiliate KATV, schools earn the classification if scores from the most recent three-year period of standardized math and literacy tests show 49.5 percent or less of its students scored at proficient levels.

Helena-West Helena Superintendent John Hoy said his schools were also placed under fiscal distress in the past, but they’ve removed themselves from that classification.

“There are two major pieces are ensuring we are teaching the right stuff and ensuring that the kids are getting it,” Hoy said. “It's pretty simple and basic stuff but the complexity is in getting it done.”

Hoy said state-appointed improvement teams are working with students to improve their performance.

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