State board leader talks about covid graduation rates given for planned district career event for school seniors

Head of the State Council

talk about covid

Ouida Newton de Leola, chairwoman of the Arkansas Board of Education, on Thursday recognized the second anniversary of the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in the state.

“Education in Arkansas changed from that day forward,” Newton said.

“I just didn’t want the day to go by without acknowledging the stress that happened, the loss that happened,” she said, listing the loss of life as well as the loss of learning and the adjustments families had to make.

She said she was grateful for the response and the hard work many have shown over the past two years.

“It was also an opportunity…to show how resilient we are, to show how innovative we are. So many…have stepped up and enabled students to continue to receive the education they need,” said said Newton.

Graduation rate

given for the neighborhood

The Little Rock School District’s four-year high school graduation rate was 79.5% for the class of 2021, but individual high schools in the district had graduation rates above 85 %, including one exceeding 95%.

That’s according to Arkansas Report Card data released this month. But how can this be?

The state’s Division of Elementary-Secondary Education said the district’s graduation rate is lower than the high school average because of the way district-adjusted cohort rates are calculated and because of reconfiguration. high schools in the district for 2021.

JA Fair and McClellan High Schools were closed and Hall High opened as a new magnet school. Southwest High and West School of Innovation were new schools in 2021.

Students who attended the old schools and were due to graduate in 2021 are not counted in the individual graduation rates for the new schools because they were not part of the new schools.

But to ensure that all students are accounted for — regardless of school reconfigurations — all students who were scheduled to graduate in 2021 are counted in the district’s graduation calculation.

“This may result in a lower rate for the district than for any school, but it ensures that every student is counted in the adjusted cohort for each year,” the state agency said.

Set of career events

for school seniors

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is hosting what’s called a Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day for high school students and employers Tuesday and Wednesday at Jonesboro High School.

The Be Pro Be Proud Draft Day is designed to match over 200 qualified students interested in careers in the skilled trades with potential employers.

The event is described as a new-style career event in which northeast Arkansas employers and technically qualified students will be “strategically matched.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson and more than 30 companies are participating in the event aimed at accelerating student employment.

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