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By Yutao Chen and Cynthia Howell
The Arkansas Department of Education released the 2018-19 Every Student Succeeds Act School Index Scores earlier this month.
Letter grades are based on numerical scores that are compilations of the 2019 ACT Aspire exams, achievement over time, and data such as student attendance. Alternative education schools and closed schools are not included.
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A total of 169 schools received A grades, 17 more than the 2017-18 school year.
Bentonville School District has 17 A schools, the highest in the state, followed by Cabot School District and Rogers School District, both of which have eight schools earning an A.
Ward Central Elementary improved the most among A schools compared to last year's results, from 70.78 to 79.82, followed by Portland Elementary School (70.28-79.31) and Calico Rock High School (70.04-78.53).
A total of 311 schools received B grades, 2 fewer than the 2017-18 school year.
Among all the B schools, 24 received A grades for the 2017-18 school year, with Valley Springs Elementary School dipping the most, from 82.28 to 72.78.
Among all the B schools, 69 received C or D grades for the 2017-18 school year, with Kingston High School improving the most, from 60.41 to 70.36.
A total of 358 schools received C grades, 22 fewer than the 2017-18 school year.
Among all the C schools, 52 received B grades for the 2017-18 school year, with Quitman Elementary School dipping the most, from 78.98 to 69.93.
Among all the C schools, 31 received D or F grades for the 2017-18 school year, with Eudora Elementary School improving the most, from 56.27 to 68.87.
A total of 150 schools received D grades, 5 more than the 2017-18 school year.
Among all the D schools, 15 are from the Little Rock School District.
Starting in 2018-19 and repeating every three years, Arkansas must identify the 5 percent lowest-scoring schools per grade span (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) to provide comprehensive support.
A total of 38 schools received F grades, 6 fewer than the 2017-18 school year.
Among all the F schools, 10 received D grades last year, with Clarendon Elementary School dipping the most, from 64.83 to 57.08.
Eight are from the Little Rock School District, with four from Pine Bluff School District and three from Dollarway School District, all of which are under state control.
About 15 percent of elementary schools earned an A for the 2018-19 school year.
For middle schools, about 25 percent received an A.
High school letter grades take 2017-18 graduation rates into account along with other factors.
A total of 175 schools will receive cash rewards for achievement or academic growth on state-mandated ACT Aspire tests.
The top 5 percent in achievement or growth will receive $100 per student. Schools among the top 6 to 10 percent will receive $50 per student.
Rewards must be used for employee bonuses, equipment and materials, or personnel for supporting student performance.