"A" Grade by the APF
3 years ago
The Bryant School District was one of 17 schools in Arkansas to earn an "A" grade by the Arkansas Policy Foundation! Bryant was also ranked 8th in the State overall, and the only school district in Saline County to receive an "A".
The Arkansas Policy Foundation (APF) is "a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that analyzes the impact of public policy on Arkansas and makes recommendations." It specifically emphasizes the importance of tax policy and education reform, and "seeks intellectual honesty and complete openness in reporting the lack of academic progress in Arkansas' school system," according to their website.
The APF has provided letter-grade rankings, "A" through "F", of Arkansas school districts for the past four years based on data from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. However, when the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) began using the Stanford Achievement Test, 10th Edition, to monitor school performance in 2007, the AFP subsequently based their rankings on the SAT-10 data as well. The ITBS and SAT-10 are norm-referenced tests that report scores as percentile rankings, considering it is the easiest form of data to interpret.
In response to the ranking, Dr. Richard Abernathy, Superintendent, stated "We are thrilled about the "A"! But I have to say that we as a district and a community expect nothing less out of these 10 schools. It starts with the high standards of achievement set by our community, which are then shared by the administration, staff, and students. The bars are raised every year, and through community support and the hard work of may, many teachers and students, we reach them. As a result, we continue to see greater academic success year after year."