Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2023 ESSA School Index and Public School Rating Reports Released

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Public School Accountability
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Ark.Code Ann. ยง6-15-2105
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Assistant Superintendent; Curriculum Coordinators; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Federal Programs; Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; Principals; School Counselors; Superintendents; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators

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On September 19, 2023, the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the 2023 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) School Index and Public School Rating (Accountability At-a-Glance) reports for public viewing on My School Info. These reports include data from the 2022-2023 school year, including the final administration of ACT Aspire. 

The ESSA School Index includes students’ weighted achievement and growth on statewide summative assessments for third through tenth grade, graduation rates, and school quality and student success indicators. In addition, the report includes three years of trend data (2021, 2022, 2023) on numerous indicators for student subgroups. The complete ESSA School Index is located on My School Info under the Reports tab.

The School Rating report (Accountability-At-a-Glance) provides an overview of the ESSA School Index score for all students and student subgroups. School ratings (letter grades) are available for the 2022-2023 school year per Ark.Code Ann. §6-15-2105. The overview is located on My School Info under the School Rating tab. 

All stakeholders, including students, caretakers, educators, and community members, are encouraged to review their school’s data and discuss how the education needs for all students can be met. Additional information about Arkansas’ ESSA plan is available on the DESE website at Division of Elementary and Secondary Education - Offices - Public School Accountability - Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Informational Documents webpage. DESE is currently working with stakeholder groups to revise our federal and state accountability calculations which will be incorporated in the 2024 release.

For more information about navigating the school reports, please view the following video:

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