Congratulations Principal Lombardi

Dear Principal Lombardi and Superintendent Stephens,

Congratulations! Vilonia Middle has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire! As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year we are recognizing schools with high student growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our Middle School Level report to be released tomorrow, Vilonia Middle received the following award:

High Math Growth: Middle Level (Central Region)

We provide specific content-area badges for placement on your school’s website (attached), and a personalized paper award will be sent to the district later this school year.

Awards are based on the 2018 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2017 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

We congratulate you on this accomplishment and hope that you will share this good news with teachers, students, and others who contributed to your school’s success.

Elementary awards were released last week and can be found here.

Stay tuned as we will be releasing the High School level awards next week!

For updates and insights, follow our blog at www.officeforedpolicy.com, and to be added to our weekly updates and roundup of education news, send an email to oep@uark.edu with the subject line “Sign me up!”

Congratulations again on your OEP Growth award!

Sincerely,

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Evan BeaversVHS, FA, VMS, FMIS, VES, VPS, VELC