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Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas


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Dear Superintendent Brasel,


Congratulations! Kingston High, Jasper High, and Oark High have been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as schools where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire!  As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards where we recognize schools with high student academic growth.  We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your schools are having on students.

In our High School Level report published today, 

Kingston High received the following awards:

  High Overall Growth (Statewide)    

   High Math Growth (Statewide) 

   High ELA Growth (Statewide) 

   High Overall Growth (Northwest Region) 

   High Math Growth (Northwest Region) 

   High ELA Growth (Northwest Region) 

Jasper High received the following awards:

  High Overall Growth (Statewide)    

   High ELA Growth (Statewide) 

   High ELA Growth (Northwest Region) 

Oark High received the following award:

  High ELA Growth (Statewide)    


We provide badges for placement on your schools' websites (attached), and personalized paper awards will be sent to the district later this school year.

Awards are based on the 2021 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2019 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here. 

We congratulate you on this accomplishment and hope that you will share this good news with teachers, students, and others who contributed to your schools' success. 

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Congratulations again on your OEP Growth awards!



Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D., Executive Director

Office for Education Policy

213 Graduate Education Building

Fayetteville, AR 72701