Quitman School District achieved 100 percent growth on K−2 assessments in math and English/language arts in two years, and the 12th-greatest overall growth on the ACT Aspire among all high schools in Arkansas.

  • As a result of Quitman forming a guiding coalition, the district now operates under a more streamlined and inclusive, collaborative environment.

  • For example, intervention times now allow students—or instructors from other grade levels or subjects—to visit other classrooms and ensure each learner receives strong, personalized feedback. “If I’m a teacher, I may have students from class A, B, and C in my room because I am best prepared to teach a particular strategy or concept to these kids,”

  • Quitman has also seen a 16 percent growth in enrollment, and staff turnover is down. Some positions, such as Kindergarten teacher, now see 50 or more quality applications.

  • Overall student achievement has also increased.

  • The district saw 100 percent growth on K−2 assessment in math and English/language arts in two years, and Quitman High School had the 12th-greatest overall growth on ACT Aspire among all high schools in Arkansas.

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Awards and Accomplishments

  • ADE PLC Pilot Award Cohort II

  • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

  • Agriculture CASE Power Grant

  • Conservation Education Grant

  • EAST Technologies Grant

  • Dollar General Literacy Grant

  • All Things PLC Article:From Independence to Interdependence

  • 2019 100% growth on K-2 Assessment in Math and ELA

  • 2018 Arkansas Department of Education Reward Money for Top 10% Growth among AR HS

  • 2019 Arkansas Department of Education Reward Money for Top 5% Growth among AR HS

  • 2019:

  • #1 School District in Cleburne County, Arkansas- Niche

  • #33 ranked school district in Arkansas for academic growth and performance

  • Four Outstanding Educational Performance Awards from the AR Office for Education Policy:

  • #12 greatest overall growth on ACT Aspire among all high schools in Arkansas

  • #2 greatest overall growth on ACT Aspire among all high schools in the NE Region

  • #7 greatest growth in MATH on ACT Aspire among all high schools in Arkansas

  • #2 greatest growth in MATH on ACT Aspire among all high schools in the NE Region

  • 2019 Renee Clemmons- District Teacher of the Year

  • 2019 Kathy Brantley- Arkansas Rural Education Teacher of the Year

  • 2019 David Johnson- Shape Health Education Teacher of the Year

  • 2019 Tim Hooten- Arkansas Cross Country Coach of the Year

  • 2020 Michael Stacks- Arkansas Activities Association Athletic Director of the Year

  • 2020 Amanda Jones- District Teacher of the Year

  • 2019-2020 Shelby Tedford- Arkansas Declaration of Learning Participant

  • 2019-2020 Cortney Lane, Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board Member

  • 2019-2021 DJ Marrs, Arkansas Football Coaches Association Board Member

  • 2019-2021 Timothy Hooten, Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association Board Member

  • 2020 Julie Wallace- Arkansas Statewide Guiding Coalition Member

  • 2020 Michael Stacks- Arkansas Statewide Guiding Coalition Member

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