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Congratulations! North Little Rock High has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school where students are “Beating the Odds”!   Students at your school demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though your school serves a high-poverty population!  As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year we are recognizing schools with high student growth.  We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our report being released Wednesday, June 13, North Little Rock High received the following awards:

Beating the Odds! High Math Growth: High School Level (Central Region)

Beating the Odds! High ELA Growth: High School Level (Central Region)

Beating the Odds Awards are given to schools serving a population where at least 66% of the students participate in the Free/ Reduced Lunch Program, and are based on the 2017 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2016 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We are awarding awards 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 school’s success.

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Congratulations again on your OEP Beating the Odds award!


Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D., Faculty Director

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D., Executive Director


Office for Education Policy

211 Graduate Education Building

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-3773