Arkansas School Recognition & Rewards

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    The Arkansas School Recognition Program (ASR) provides financial awards to the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student performance on the state-required assessments in grades 3 through 10 and the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates where applicable.

    The ASR program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for secondary schools, a high graduation rate.

    Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-2107 authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top 5% of all Arkansas public schools in student performance or student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates for secondary schools under criteria set forth by rule of the State Board of Education.

    Up to $50 per student enrolled is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 5% and the next 5% (schools in the top 6-10%) of all public schools in Arkansas in student performance or student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates for secondary schools under criteria set forth by rule of the State Board of Education.

    In the 2018-2019 school year, 175 Arkansas schools qualify for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program.  Awards are based on student assessment information from the 2017-2018 school year and graduation rates from the 2016-2017 school year. 

    Nine of the Fort Smith Public Schools were recipients of the ASR funding due to their outstanding performance.  In the 2018-2019 school year, Fort Smith Public School received a total of $377,208.20 from the ASR Funding. 

  • For further information, please contact:

    Caroline Neel

    Caroline Neel
    Supervisor, Curriculum & Federal Programs
    479.784.8182, Ext. 3542
    cneel@fortsmithschools.org