Two Little Rock Schools Recommended To Be Removed From Academic Distress

Jan 30, 2017

Little Rock School District buses.
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The Arkansas Department of Education is recommending two Little Rock School District campuses be removed from the academic distress category. The LRSD schools are among a list of ten released by the department on Monday. The entire district in Blytheville is also recommended to be cleared of the designation. 

The State Board of Education will ultimately decide on the recommendations at a meeting February 9.

J.A. Fair High School and McClellan Magnet High School are recommended to be removed from academic distress. The LRSD was put under state control in 2015 because six of its 48 schools were put in the category. Fair and McClellan would join Baseline Elementary if the state Board votes to approve the recommendations.

The release from ADE:

To be removed from the list, a school’s and/or district’s combined math and literacy proficiency percentages on the most recent three-year period of state mandated assessments must exceed 49.5 percent. Using scores from 2013-2014 and concordant scores from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, the following schools have exceeded the 49.5 percent student performance threshold for being designated as being in academic distress.


• Blytheville School District


• Belair Middle School (Pine Bluff School District)

• Blytheville High School–A New Tech School (Blytheville School District)

• Dermott High School (Dermott School District)

• J.A. Fair High School (Little Rock School District)

• Jacksonville Middle School (Jacksonville North Pulaski School District)

• Little Rock Preparatory Academy Elementary (Little Rock Preparatory Academy)

• McClellan Magnet High School (Little Rock School District)

• Mineral Springs High School (Mineral Springs School District)

• Pine Bluff High School (Pine Bluff School District)

• Watson Chapel High School (Watson Chapel School District)