Superintendent Hal Landrith informed the Mount Ida School Board that their district had ranked in the top 10 state and regionwide in several end of course tests according to the University of Arkansas.
According to a report given by Landrith, Mount Ida was in the top five in Algebra, Geometry and 11th grade Literacy among High Achieving Schools Serving Low Income Communities, as awarded by the University of Arkansas' Office for School Policy.
Mount Ida ranked second in the statewide top 10 and first in the southwest region in EOC Algebra. They also ranked first in the region in 11th grade literacy, while finishing sixth statewide. They were also fifth among schools in the state serving low income communities and third in the southwest region.
Schools were considered to serve low income communities if at least 66 percent of their students were served free or reduced lunches.
Mount Ida was also recognized as one of the top schools to show growth from 2009-2014.
Growth in EOC Geometry scores ranked Mount Ida 14th in the state and third in the southwest region, while 11th grade Literacy scores ranked 20th statewide and fourth in the southwest region.
He also shared that Mount Ida High School received a financial reward from the Arkansas Recognition and Reward Program in the amount of $11,857. Arkansas schools who were among the top 20 percent in graduation rate were granted financial rewards based on a formula that factors in schools' EOS scores and graduation rates. Schools who finished in the top 11-20 percent in the state received $45 per student.
A committee will decide how the money will be spent according to regulations of the Arkansas Department of Education. This is the second consecutive year Mount Ida has received this award.
In other business, board members heard a report that Michelle Abernathy had attended the Elevating Teaching and Teachers Conference held in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 24-26. Her trip and expenses were paid for with funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.