Congratulations! Star City Middle School has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school that is Beating the Odds, because students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though the school serves a high percentage of students who participate in Free and Reduced Lunch!

As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards where we 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.

In our Beating the Odds report published today,

Star City Middle recieved the following awards:
High Math Growth (Statewide)
High Math Growth (Southeast region)
High ELA Growth (Southeast region)

Awards are based on the 2023 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2022 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how OEP determined the award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

This year's full list of OEP awards can be found here.