(August 2010) Five ‘A’-rated Arkansas school districts in four Policy Foundation studies have fewer discipline incidents, with one exception than three in Pulaski County (Little Rock, North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Special School District).

The five districts—Bentonville, Fayetteville, Greenwood, Lakeside (Garland County) and Valley View—received ‘A’ grades in four consecutive Foundation Arkansas School District Rankings reports.  The reports examined student performance on standardized national tests like the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Stanford Achievement Test in the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 school years.

School performance report cards for 2009 (1) for the five districts reveal fewer discipline incidents than the Pulaski County districts, which received lower grades between ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade range in the reports.

    Weapons Staff Assaults Student Assaults
Bentonville   0.1% 0 0.1%
Fayetteville   0.3% 0.1% 1.8%
Greenwood   0.1% 0 0.2%
Lakeside   0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Valley View   0.1% 0 0
Little Rock   0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
North Little Rock   0.2% 0.1% 0.3%
Pulaski County Special   0.3% 0.3% 0.4%

Fayetteville was the only ‘A’ district with a higher percentage of discipline incidents in any category.

(1)   Report cards can be accessed at the state Department of Education site (arkansased.org/) by clicking “School Performance” under Other Sites, and choosing the NORMES School Performance site (http://normessasweb.uark.edu/schoolperformance/)

Little Rock charter schools reported no discipline incidents in 2009.