2013 District Accountability Designations

Posted on 11/05/2013

What does “Needs Improvement” mean to Cabot Public Schools based on the new accountability system?

During the 2012-2013 school year, all schools in Arkansas implemented a new curriculum based upon the Common Core State Standards.

Yet, all students were tested over the Arkansas State Standards as required by the Arkansas Department of Education.

How is district accountability status determined? Each district and school has specific targets called the Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) targets. These targets were set by the Arkansas Department of Education based on previous assessment results. The better each district performed on the Benchmark and End of Course Assessments in 2011, the higher the targets were set. Targets will continue to increase each year in the future.

Targets are identified for two specific groups for each district. The first is the All Students Group and the second is the Targeted Assistance Gap Group (TAGG). The All Students Group is comprised of every student in the school who participates in the state-mandated assessment system. The TAGG group is comprised of students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who are economically disadvantaged.

In order to be designated as an “Achieving” district, the district must meet all four of the following criteria:

  • Meet the AMO target in math for the All Students Group

  • Meet the AMO target in literacy for the All Students Group

  • Meet the AMO target in math for the TAGG Group

  • Meet the AMO target in literacy for the TAGG Group

If a district does not meet the AMO target for any single category, they are assigned the designation of “Needs Improvement” regardless of the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced. The Arkansas Department of Education has reported that 90% of the schools in our state are identified in some area of school improvement based on this new system.

The “Needs Improvement” designation can be misleading. As a district, our scores are strong and our AMO targets are quite high as a result. In comparison, there are districts in Arkansas whose scores are significantly lower than Cabot’s that are designated “Achieving.” This is because their AMO targets are not as high.

It is exciting to have our schools recognized as some of the highest overall achieving schools in Arkansas, yet disappointing to be designated as “Needs Improvement” on the accountability system. Our teachers are doing a great job of implementing the required Common Core State Standards in both literacy and mathematics.

The Cabot School District continually strives to provide a high quality education for every child in our district. We are proud of the achievement of our students and our schools.

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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