Hope Public Schools

HAPS receives multiple “Beating the Odds” awards

Hope Public Schools Communications:

HAPS received this letter from the Office for Education Policy:

Dear Principal Duke,

Congratulations! Hope Academy of Public Service has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school that is Beating the Odds, because students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire even though the school serves a high percentage of students who participate in Free and Reduced Lunch!

As you may know, the OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards where we recognize schools with high student academic growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.

In our Beating the Odds report published today, Hope Academy of Public Service received the following “Beating the Odds” awards:
High Overall Growth (Statewide)

High ELA Growth (Statewide)

High Math Growth (Southwest region)

High ELA Growth (Southwest region)

We provide badges for placement on your school’s website (attached), and personalized paper awards will be sent to the district later this school year.

Awards are based on the 2022 content growth score calculated by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. These growth scores reflect how much students at the school improved from 2021 compared to how much they were expected to grow considering prior achievement. We recognize schools 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.

This year’s full list of OEP awards can be found here.

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Congratulations again on your OEP Growth awards!


Sarah McKenzie, PhD

Executive Director
Office for Education Policy
University of Arkansas

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