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A-F Grading Scale for Cabot Schools

Posted 4/15/2015

Are you confused by the A – F Public School Rating System?  We are, and here is why…..

It is difficult to understand how a school can receive more funds than any other school in the state from the Arkansas Rewards and Recognition Program while being rated as a “C” school.  Cabot Junior High North did exactly that!  Recently awarded $111,833.61 for its performance on the 2014 Benchmark and End of Course exams, CJHN along with six other Cabot schools, has been rated as a “C” school by the Arkansas Department of Education.  In total, five of Cabot’s seven “C” schools earned $327,112.68  and were recognized as performing in the Top 10% or Top 20% of schools on Benchmark and End Of Course assessments! These schools’ records in no way indicate they are performing at an average level as the assigning of a “C” grade would suggest.

The A-F letter grade for schools is calculated using a complex formula.  The formula includes:  Benchmark/EOC proficiency rates, gaps between non-TAGG and TAGG groups, annual improvement, and graduation rates (if applicable). TAGG stands for Target Achievement Gap Group, which means a student is a member of one of the following subgroups:  Economically Disadvantaged, Students with Disabilities, and English Language Learners.

The Rewards and Recognition system is also based on Benchmark/End of Course performance and annual student growth.  It is difficult to understand the discrepancy between these two systems.

According to the 2014 State Report Card, 366 of the state’s 1052 schools were assigned a grade of “C.”  There are so many wonderful aspects of our schools, it is frustrating that the state developed another arbitrary set of criteria with which to rate them. We are very proud of our schools and know that we are focusing on what is important.  After all……..It’s about kids.

Cabot Schools Receiving a Letter Grade “C”

School Receiving Letter Grade "C"

School % On Level Literacy

State % On Level Literacy

School % On Level Math

State % On Level Math

Awards, Rewards, Recognition, & Other

Central Elementary

3rd - 81
4th - 86.6

77
84

3rd - 87.3
4th - 77.6

85
82

Title I

Northside

3rd - 71.1
4th - 90.8

77
84

3rd - 86.6
4th - 84.6

85
82

Title I
Top 20 %
$16,377.50

Westside

3rd - 76.4
4th - 83.1

77
84

3rd - 82.0
4th - 78.5

85
82

Title I

Middle North

5th - 87.9
6th - 84.9

82
69

5th - 84.5
6th - 91.2

68
72

AR Diamond School Schools to Watch
Top 10%
$77,073.06

Middle South

5th - 92.9
6th - 82.3

82
69

5th - 88.6
6th - 88

68
72

AR Diamond School Schools to Watch
Top 10%
$69,535.49

Junior North

7th - 81.8
8th - 85.3

77
77

7th - 78.8
8th - 78.6
Alg - 85.3

69
63
75

Top 10%
$111,833.61

Junior South

7th - 83.6
8th - 82

77
77

7th - 70.9
8th - 75.6
Alg - 85.1

69
63
75

Top 20%
$52,293.02

Additional information can be found at the following links:

1.) Report Card page: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/school-performance/report-card.
2.) Parents page: http://www.arkansased.gov/im-looking-for/parents.
3.) YouTube (Video): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO_a5SM0kwrHZPrzXBa_ZKQ


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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