February 9, 2006
Salem School District has received an A grade from the Arkansas Policy Foundation, a non-profit and non-partisan economic research organization in Little Rock, for the 2004-05 school year. It is one of only 20 school districts in the state to receive an A grade.
The grade is based on the performance of ninth graders taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, which tests verbal and math skills. The test was administered by the Arkansas Department of Education to 342,711 students in grades K-9 in Arkansas.
Greg Kaza, executive director of Arkansas Policy Foundation, said Arkansas consistently places 48th, 49th and 50th in income categories in federal economic data. He said the poor economic outlook is what causes many educated young people to leave the state.
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