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Fewer Arkansas schools received an A rating when the Arkansas Department of Education released school performance data from the 2017-18 school year Friday.

In assessments of more than 1,000 Arkansas schools, 152 received an A. That number is down from the 163 given a year ago, data shows.

Officials issued B's for 313 schools, C's for 380 schools, D's for 145 schools and F's for 44 schools.

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The biggest change came in the number of F's given, which increased 33 percent. However, D grades decreased 15 percent, and B grades rose about 8 percent, according to the data.

A school's score is a combination of several components, including standardized test scores, graduation rates and attendance.

Scores from the 2016-17 year were released in April of this year, but education officials decided to shorten the timeline to allow schools to use the data to make changes during the academic year.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • dumblikeme
    October 12, 2018 at 4:31 p.m.

    Son, I see your A's dropped down to B's and your D's dropped down to F's. What do you have to say for yourself?

    Dad, you're looking at it all wrong! You're ignoring the fact that, I have more B's and fewer D's than before!

  • MaxCady
    October 12, 2018 at 5:31 p.m.

    You can lead a horse to water.....

  • Skeptic1
    October 12, 2018 at 6:33 p.m.

    But the teacher's union has 17 billion dollars in their piggy bank, can we please let them all retire so we can build a school system that puts teaching first?

  • ZeebronZ
    October 12, 2018 at 7:18 p.m.

    @DUMBLIKEME-You took the words right out of my mouth. No way to put a positive spin on this data.

  • mozarky2
    October 12, 2018 at 9:24 p.m.

    Compare the charter school grades to public skoolz.
    Look at Haas Hall's grades.
    NWACA senior just scored the highest in the nation score on the Classical Learning Test; tougher than ACT or SAT...oh, plus NWACA grads got 100% college acceptance, and averaged over $80k scholarship money per grad!

  • MaxCady
    October 13, 2018 at 7:48 p.m.

    @Skeptic1, after 28 years they pay teachers $25K a year (up to 10 years) extra to stay IN teaching!! It's called T-Drop and it helps to keep that experience and knowledge in the classroom. I'm pretty sure that teaching is the #1 priority.