Five Region 8 Schools in Top 10 Ranking Based on New Performance Study by UA

JANUARY 12, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A University of Arkansas study that weighs social and economic factors on education concludes some public schools with low test scores are doing a good job, considering the problems their students face.

The study also says some schools with relatively high test scores ought to have higher scores, given the advantages their students enjoy.

The study, titled "The School Performance Index in Arkansas," considered factors including the percentage of black and Hispanic students in the district, poverty and the educational attainment among residents.  It said each of the factors could predict low test scores.

The Altheimer Unified School District ranked at the top of the researchers' list.  Five Region 8 schools ranked in the top ten including Mount Pleasant (5), Cord-Charlotte (6), Earle (7), Buffalo Island Central (8), and Black Rock (9).

Among Craighead County schools, BIC ranked highest, followed by Bay at #31, Valley View (44), Jonesboro (76), Nettleton (81), Brookland (97), Westside (134), and Riverside (203).