Arkansas schools receive letter grades for performance

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state agency has posted letter grades for Arkansas schools in an effort to fuel conversations for improvement.

The Arkansas Department of Education released its figures Wednesday, which were based on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Arkansas is among 34 states with an approved plan that complies with the law.

The 2017 School Performance Reports show more than 380 schools received a "C'' grade and nearly 300 campuses earned a "B."

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key says the letter grades are intended to "generate conversations at the school and district level." He says they aren't meant to define a school or district.

The report comes one day after a National Assessment of Education Progress analysis found a disparity in reading and math scores between black and white students in fourth and eighth grades.

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