School Report Cards 2022
November 9, 2022
The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides a series of reports designed to obtain a snapshot of student performance. These reports can be located on the My School Info page from the Arkansas Department of Education. Furthermore, stakeholders can find the Public School Rating (Accountability At-a-Glance), ESSA School Index, and School Report Card for all public schools and districts in our state.
The School Rating converts the ESSA School Index score into an easy-to-read letter grade and shows student performance broken down by various subgroups of students. Schools have not received letter grades for the past two school years due to the impact of COVID-19 (students were not required to test in 2020 and school ratings were waived in 2020 and 2021).
The focus of the ESSA School Index is student achievement and growth. For more information on ESSA indicators, go to bit.ly/ESSAindicators or read the information at the bottom of this news item.
The School Report Card consists of 18 modules that provide in-depth information including achievement and growth data, graduation rates, teacher quality, school environment, and more. Educators, parents, students, and the community can use the School Report Card to discuss strengths and examine opportunities for improvement. 2022 School Report Cards will be released in two phases beginning December 31, 2022.
As you can see from the below chart, there was a decrease in the grades overall for our state. You can see a breakdown of the grades in the image below:
CLick HERE to view the letter grades of all schools.
Click HERE to read the full press release from the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.
We are proud of the efforts made by our staff and students over the past three years. Although our scores are not exactly where we would like for them to be, our schools’ scores continue to exceed the state average. Cabot Public School’s overall Report Card grades are below:
|Cabot High School||B|
|Cabot Freshman Academy||B|
|Cabot Junior High North||B|
|Cabot Junior High South||C|
|Cabot Middle School North||B|
|Cabot Middle School South||B|
|Magness Creek Elementary||B|
|Mountain Springs Elementary||B|
|Ward Central Elementary||B|
To learn more about Arkansas' School Rating system, you can view this video from Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
ESSA School Index
The ESSA School Index is made up of multiple, robust indicators which are outlined in detail below. These indicators are weighted according to the grade span of the school and are available for seven reporting subgroups of students. Arkansas tested 98.83% of students in ELA and 99.02% of students in Mathematics in 2022 which indicates a participation rate similar to that of pre-pandemic years. 59.40% of schools improved their ESSA School Index score in 2022. Schools were given index scores in 2021 but were not awarded grades.
ESSA School Index Indicators
- Achievement is a measure of what the students at a school know and are able to do in ELA and Mathematics.
- Weighted Achievement counts for 35% of the ESSA School Index regardless of the grade span of the school.
- Value-Added Growth is made up of Content Growth and English Language Proficiency Growth which is proportional to the number of English Learners enrolled in the school.
- Content Growth is a measure of a student's progress in ELA and Mathematics over time.
- English Language Proficiency Growth is a measure of an English Learner’s progress towards proficiency in the use of the English Language over time.
- If there are zero (0) English Learners in the school, the Value-Added Growth score comes strictly from the Content Growth Score.
- If all the students in your school are English Learners, then the Content Growth is averaged equally with the English Language Proficiency Growth score.
- Value-Added Growth counts for 50% of the ESSA School Index for Elementary and Middle School grade spans and for 35% of the ESSA School Index for High School grade spans.
- The School Quality and Student Success indicator focuses on student access, readiness, and success in college, career, and life. The eleven components within this indicator vary by grade span but may include: Student Engagement, Reading at Grade Level, Science Achievement, Growth in Science Achievement, On-Time Credits, GPA ≥ 2.8, ACT Composite ≥ 19 , ACT Readiness Benchmark, AP/IB/Concurrent Credits, Computer Science Credits, Community Service Learning.
- The School Quality and Student Success indicator counts for 15% of the ESSA School Index regardless of the grade span of the school.
- Graduation Rates are calculated for 4-Year and 5-Year Cohorts.
- 4-Year graduation rates count for 10% of the ESSA School Indes for High School grade span ONLY.
- 5-Year graduation rates count for 5% of the ESSA School Indes for High School grade span ONLY.