Congratulations to Louise Durham Elementary School in the Mena School District, today’s School on the Move, whose letter grade increased to a B in 2022!

The Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE’s) vision is to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education. Stakeholders across the state designed the Arkansas ESSA School Index and the index was approved by the U. S. Department of Education in January 2018 as part of Arkansas’s ESSA plan. Arkansas schools are utilizing a continuous cycle of inquiry (Plan, Do, Check) to meet the needs of their students. Arkansas districts are examining educational systems to ensure that barriers are removed and schools are supported. Stakeholders are actively engaged. As a result of this dedication from all education partners, we are seeing positive results across the state.

Schools on the Move Toward Excellence recognizes Arkansas schools who make significant progress on their Public School Ratings and ESSA School Index Reports. Each year, schools are identified (where appropriate by grade span) for various aspects of improvement such as: increased by one letter grade, increased the overall ESSA School Index Score by 5 points or more, weighted achievement increase of 10 points or more, 2 standard deviations above the mean in value-added growth. Congratulations to these schools for their efforts to improve student performance!

The Schools on the Move campaign celebrates schools that demonstrate improvement on recent state and federal accountability reports. DESE will highlight different schools that showed progress. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please use #ARStudentFocused and #ARSchoolsOnTheMove when you share these posts on your social media pages. Congratulations to all the Schools on the Move!

Learn more at bit.ly/ARSOTM.