Green Forest Elementary recognized for students’ performance

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Green Forest Elementary School has been recognized by the University of Arkansas’ Office for Education Policy for its students’ high performance growth on the ACT Aspire assessments.

The OEP creates an annual report to recognize schools with high student academic growth.

“We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students,” OEP executive director Sarah McKenzie writes in a letter to Green Forest School District superintendent Matt Summers and Green Forest Elementary School principal Danette Chaney.

The OEP recognizes schools based on overall growth, as well as for growth in math and English language arts separately.

Green Forest Elementary School was recognized in the statewide rankings for high overall growth and in both the statewide and Northwest Region rankings for high ELA growth.

GFES ranked 18th among the state’s elementary schools for overall growth and fourth for growth in English language arts. It ranked third among Northwest Arkansas elementary schools for ELA growth.

Awards are based on the 2021 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2019 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering previous achievement.

“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,” McKenzie writes.

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