Mena Middle School 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.
The OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards recognizing schools with high student academic growth. OEP considers growth as the best indicator of the positive impact a school has on students.
Mena received the following Southwest Region awards:
High Overall Growth
High Math Growth
OEP provides badges for placement on the school’s website. Personalized paper awards will be sent to the district later this school year.
Awards are based on the 2021 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2019 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. OEP recognizes schools based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately.