by Max Brantley
The state Education Department has issued its annual grade inflation report. It ranks high schools on the percentage of students receiving grades of A and B in Algebra I or geometry courses who didn't achieve proficient or advanced scores on end-of-course examinations in the subjects.
The report said 59 58 high schools had inflation rates of 20 percent or more. In Pulaski County, they were Fair, Hall and McClellan High Schools in the Little Rock District, the North Little Rock West campus and Jacksonville, Mills and Oak Grove in the Pulaski District.
The list of inflated-grade schools is important because it adds a hurdle for students in those schools -- a minimum ACT score or a "proficient" grade on ALL end of course examines -- in qualifying for state academic challenge scholarships.
Here's the state's release on the report.