Jonesboro Schools in Scholastic Trouble? Officials say NO!!!

JONESBORO (KAIT) Recent data released from the Arkansas Department of Education says 5 Jonesboro schools need improvement.

Jonesboro School Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks says it's not the student population as a whole.

" Subgroups are small numbers of students who fall into a particular category. If a student happens to be economically disadvantaged, African American, and in special education and scores poorly it would count against us three times in each one of the subgroups."

Scoring poorly reflects the scores on the benchmark tests given annually to 3 - 8th graders.

The No Child Left Behind Act calls for all students to meet the Proficient performance in literacy and mathematics by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Dr. Willbanks says the subgroup issue is being addressed but the big picture still has to be considered.

"You can't just put all your energy just into subgroups. So you have to address subgroups while at the same time implementing programs that you think are going to affect all the students in your school."