AJHS is recognized again by the OEP

Updated: June 29, 2018

By Ronda Pounds

ASD Public Relations Coordinator

The Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas has once again recognized the Ashdown Junior High School for “Beating the Odds!”

Students at AJHS “demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though the school serves a high-poverty population,” according to a news release from the University of Arkansas. The release also stated, “As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year we are recognizing schools with high student growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.”

The award “Beating the Odds!” High ELA Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region) was announced in June.

“Beating the Odds!” Awards are given to schools serving a population where at least 66% of the students participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, and are based on the 2017 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. The growth scores show how much students at AJHS improved from 2016 compared to what growth is expected.