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Superintendent’s Blog: New A-F Grading System for AR Schools

Posted 11/4/2014

I always want to make sure parents, patrons and students are informed about any changes in Arkansas’ education system. This new change, which involves a new letter grading system for Arkansas schools, may be somewhat confusing, so I wanted to address this subject because you’ll be hearing more about it very soon.

In about a month, schools will receive A to F grades regarding their performance last year.  The detailed report is expected to come out in late November or early December and will be distributed to school districts and posted online through the Arkansas Department of Education Data Center. The grade, which is based on accumulated points, will then be placed on each school’s report card next spring.

A – 270 or Higher

B – 240-269

C – 201-239

D – 180-200

F – 179 or Lower

This is all part of Act 696, which was established in the 2013 legislative session and is intended to help parents better understand how their child’s school is performing. In fact, Arkansas is joining some 14 other states, including Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma, in using letter grades to measure performance.

Here’s how it works.  The calculation is based solely on data in relation to student achievement.  For example, individual schools will be awarded points based on test scores, the school’s progress meeting annual performance and growth targets, graduation rates and the size of achievement gaps.

School size, poverty rates (as measured by the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals), facilities, athletic teams and district wealth are not included in the calculation.

While some feel this model is fair and solid, there are some concerns about the timing of the release of the grades. 

For the past two years, teachers have been focusing on Common Core State Standards.  Students were tested on the previous standards last year and those scores will determine a school’s letter grade this year.

The letter grades for this school year will catch up next spring because in 2015, the assessment will be aligned with Common Core standards.

Some feel this could be very confusing to parents and patrons because we’ve changed to a different curriculum focus for teaching our children, but the first letter grades schools receive will be based on the previous curriculum standards. 

As of right now, we don’t know what letter grade the Cabot School District will receive. What we do know is that our main focus is providing an excellent education for our students and we will continue to do that.

As more information on this new letter grading system becomes available, I’ll be sure to share it with everyone.

Our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Tammy Tucker, is currently working on a presentation for our next school board meeting that will be held November 18th, 2014.  It starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Administrative Offices.  The public is encouraged to attend.  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. You may use the “Contact Superintendent” tab or email me directly at tony.thurman@cps.k12.ar.us


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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746