Ashdown Junior High, Foreman Elementary Earn Academic Growth Awards

City Editor

Both Ashdown Junior High and Oscar Hamilton Elementary received awards for academic growth from the Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.

The Ashdown Junior High earned High Overall Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region), High Math Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region) and High ELA Growth: Middle Level (Southwest Region).

“The teachers and staff are committed to student academic success as well as making AJHS a place where students expect to succeed and do so,” Ashdown Junior High Principal James Jones said.

“Our improved growth in student test scores for the last several years indicate that we have excellent teachers in English/language arts, math and other key core subjects who work together as a team.”

Oscar Hamilton Elementary earned Statewide High Overall Growth: Elementary Level, Statewide High Math Growth: Elementary Level, High Overall Growth: Elementary Level (Southwest Region), High Math Growth: Elementary Level (Southwest Region) and High ELA Growth: Elementary Level (Southwest Region).

“It is through the hard work and dedication of our students and faculty that we have been recognized for this award,” Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pam Smiley said. “I believe growth is the best indicator of the positive impact our school is having on our students. I am humbled and honored on a daily basis to be working with such outstanding students, parents, faculty and staff.”

The awards reflect high growth in student performance on the ACT Aspire, which marks student progress from third grade to 12th grade based on the ACT.

2019 Federal and State Accountability Report

The Arkansas Department of Education also released the 2019 federal and state accountability report.

Public schools received grades ranging from A to F.In fall 2019, Ashdown High School received a B, Ashdown Junior High School a C and Ashdown Elementary School a C. Ashdown High School improved from a C last year.

Foreman High School received a C and Oscar Hamilton Elementary a B in fall 2019. In comparison, 169 schools received an A, 311 schools a B, 358 schools a C, 150 schools a D and 38 schools an F.

The report revealed overall improvement in Arkansas, including an increase in graduation rates.To find more information about public school districts, anyone can visit

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