Congratulations!   DeWitt has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as having a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire!  As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year we are recognizing schools with high student growth.  We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our Elementary Level report released May 30, 2018, Gillett Elementary School received the following awards:

High Overall Growth: Elementary Level (Southeast Region)

High ELA Growth: Elementary Level (Southeast Region)

In our Middle Level report released May 30, 2018, DeWitt Middle School received the following award:

High Math Growth: Middle Level (Southeast Region)

Awards are based on the 2017 content growth score calculated by the Arkansas Department of Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2016 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We are awarding awards based on Overall growth, as well as for growth in Math and English Language Arts separately. To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the report here.

We congratulate you on this accomplishment and hope that you will share this good news with teachers, students, and others who contributed to your school’s success.

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Congratulations again on your OEP Growth award!


Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D., Faculty Director
Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D., Executive Director
Office for Education Policy
211 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-3773