Crestwood Elementary School and the North Little Rock Center of Excellence will each receive money for either high achievement and student growth on the 2022 ACT Aspire exam.
Crestwood Elementary School received high marks for being in the Top 6%-10% in student performance, which amounts to $24,200.00. The North Little Rock Center of Excellence will receive $32,700.00 for being in the Top 5% in the growth/graduation category.
The Arkansas School Recognition Program, a component of the Arkansas Department of Education, provides funds to schools for achievement in growth and performance. In all, more than 178 public schools across the state are poised to receive reward money, which can be used on faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials, or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance.
Karla Whisnant, the principal at the North Little Rock Center of Excellence, said the following:
“I am so proud of our students, staff, and families, who all played a part in our receiving this recognition. It truly takes a village to ensure student success.”
Connie Bamburg, the principal at Crestwood Elementary School, said everyone should be celebrated for this milestone.
“I cannot express how proud I am of our students and staff. This recognition is the fruit of our labor as we push our students to achieve. Our families also played a tremendous role in our earning this recognition. We cannot do education without their support.”
Dr. Gregory J. Pilewski, the Superintendent of Schools, saluted the staff and students for earning this honor.
“Hats off to Crestwood and the Center of Excellence! We commend you on driving student success and achievement. We appreciate your dedication to commitment, and we trust that greater accolades are on the horizon!”
The program rewards public schools or public charter schools up to $100 per student for being in the top 5% in student performance or student academic growth. Up to $50 per student is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 6-10% in student performance or student academic growth.