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Hugh Goodwin recognized for improvement by U.S. Dept. of Education

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Hugh Goodwin has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for "exemplary achievement gap closing."

"This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona when he announced the awardees on Tuesday.

Hugh Goodwin is one of only four schools in Arkansas to be named a National Blue Ribbon School this year, according to a press release; the other three were Carolyn Lewis Elementary in the Conway Public School District, Park Magnet School in the Hot Springs School District and Portland Elementary School in the Hamburg School District.

Schools recognized for exemplary achievement gap closing "are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students."

"I think it's a great honor for Hugh Goodwin and the El Dorado School District as a whole. I think it's a very good reflection of the district as a whole," said ESD Superintendent Jim Tucker. "I appreciated their being recognized for their hard work, and I appreciate the hard work that every school in our district puts in."

Measuring achievement

Each year, the Arkansas Department of Education produces "Report cards" for every school in the state.

Each school is given an A-F grade based on metrics including weighted achievement, measuring students' math and literacy scores on state standardized tests; growth, measuring the number of students in a given school that exceeded their expected growth rates in literacy, math and English language proficiency (for English learners); and school quality/student success, measuring student attendance, reading, science achievement and growth in science.

The school report cards are based upon standards in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which aims to raise educational standards, involve parents and communities in elementary and secondary education, promote local innovations in education and ensure schools are held accountable for student performance, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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