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Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program for Schools
Arkansas : Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program for Schools -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

State level Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program for schools.

Enabling Policy: §6-15-421

Status Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

Program appears to be ongoing.

Enabling Policy: §6-15-421

Program Description Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

The purpose of the program is to provide information needed to improve the public schools by measuring annual learning gains of all students through longitudinal tracking and analysis of value-added computation of student gains against a national cohort to inform parents of the education progress of their public school children.

The rewards program recognizes individual schools that demonstrate exceptional performance in levels of student achievement and significant improvement in student achievement. Each school that does not attain the expected levels of student performance on state-mandated indicators and individual school improvement indicators is designated by one of several levels of sanctions.

The state board of education shall develop a clear, concise system of reporting the academic performance of each public school on the state-mandated criterion-referenced tests, developmentally appropriate assessments for grades K-2, benchmark exams and end-of-course exams.

Enabling Policy: §6-15-421

Other Programs State level incentives for teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority districts.
Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • No hard-to-staff, high needs or at-risk component found
  • Description of Component Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: §6-15-421

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    There are two performance category levels for schools:

    • Annual Performance (which includes five levels) is based on the performance from the prior year on the criterion-referenced test and end-of-course exams, and
    • Growth is based on the schools’ improvement gains tracked longitudinally and using value-added calculations on the criterion-referenced assessment.
    Schools that receive an annual performance category level of Level 5 or Level 4 are eligible for school recognition awards and performance-based funding pursuant to A.C.A. §6-15-1907.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 9.14.1 and 9.21.1

    Incentives Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    Awards are defined as financial or other recognition of a public school structured to recognize schools that demonstrate and maintain high performance over time and to recognize schools that demonstrate growth on the state-mandated indicators. Awards also can be used to highlight individual schools so that their practices can be adopted in other school and districts across the state.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 3.11

    Incentive Recipients Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    Schools and school districts exemplifying exceptional performance levels and/or growth patterns are recognized for exemplary performance and are eligible to participate in the rewards program.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 8.16

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    There are two performance category levels for schools:

    • Annual Performance (which includes five levels) is based on the performance from the prior year on the criterion-referenced test and end-of-course exams, and
    • Growth is based on the schools’ improvement gains tracked longitudinally and using value-added calculations on the criterion-referenced assessment.
    Schools that receive an annual performance category level of Level 5 or Level 4 are eligible for school recognition awards and performance-based funding pursuant to A.C.A. §6-15-1907.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 9.14.1 and 9.21.1

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    The department of education established a working task force during the 2004-2005 school year to assist in the development of the rating system. The task force was to include educators, parents, and business/community stakeholders. In order to keep the rating system reliable and valid, a Technical Advisory Committee composed of nationally recognized accountability experts, statisticians, and psychometricians was to be selected by the commissioner of education and advise the department in all technical aspects of the accountability system.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 9.13.1

    Other Stakeholders Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    The department of education established a working task force during the 2004-2005 school year to assist in the development of the rating system. The task force was to include educators, parents, and business/community stakeholders. In order to keep the rating system reliable and valid, a Technical Advisory Committee composed of nationally recognized accountability experts, statisticians, and psychometricians was to be selected by the commissioner of education and advise the department in all technical aspects of the accountability system.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 9.13.1

    Program Funding
    Cost Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: §6-15-421

    Funding Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    Schools that receive an annual performance category level of Level 5 or Level 4 are eligible for school recognition awards and performance-based funding pursuant to A.C.A. §6-15-1907.

    Enabling Policies: §6-15-421 and Department of Education Rules Governing Program 9.14.1 and 9.21.1

    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes Arkansas Comprehensive Testing and Accountability Program

    No information found.

    Enabling Policy: §6-15-421




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