JMS Removed from Academic Distress

Based on results of the most recent three-year period of state mandated assessments in math and literacy, the Arkansas Department of Education will recommend to the State Board of Education that Jacksonville Middle School be removed from academic distress. The State Board will consider the recommendation at its February 9 meeting.

To be removed from the list, a school’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, JMS exceeded the 49.5 percent student performance threshold for being designated as being in academic distress.  

“School turnaround is intense and focused,” said Superintendent Tony Wood. “Principal Mike Hudgeons and his staff have extended their reach with will, skill and accountability to improve student achievement. With the right policies, design and implementation to achieve instructional improvements and school culture change, teachers and principals can help students achieve success. We are on the right path, and we’re doing great things to demonstrate that,” said Wood.