Ark. Report Card Shows Modest Gains
The annual report card on Arkansas school districts shows that students there have made some gains on standardized tests, but still have a long way to go on test performance and other areas, said Gene Wilhoit, the state education director.
State officials this month released the sixth annual district report card, which compared test scores and other performance indicators in Arkansas' 312 districts. Since 1991-92, students have scored higher on the Stanford Achievement Test, but more than half continue to score below the national average.
More Arkansas students are taking the American College Testing program and Advanced Placement exams, the report notes, and the average teacher salary increased from $22,930 in 1989-90 to $28,508 in 1994-95.