Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07.10.2017

Gov. Hutchinson Issues Statement Applauding ACT Aspire Preliminary Scores

Arkansas Achieves Significant Increases

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday commended Arkansas teachers, students and the Arkansas Department of Education for the significant improvement in state scores on the 2016-2017 ACT Aspire. The largest increases occurred in grades 6 and 8 math and writing. Large gains occurred in writing for grades 4 through 8, with a 21.72 percent increase in grade 5. English Language Arts averages reflect statistically significant increases, particularly for grade 4. More can be found HERE.

“Congratulations to Arkansas teachers, students and the Arkansas Department of Education for the notable improvement on the 2016-2017 ACT Aspire. While we want to see continued improvements in the future, the increased scores in math and writing bode well for our state in our efforts to attract more industry with a strong workforce. In addition, these advances further underscore the hardwork our teachers put forth every day and indicates that our students are responding well to the department’s new vision to provide a student-focused education.”

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