Recently, the Arkansas Department of Education released the “Schools on the Move toward Excellence Report.” This report shows improvement in the overall ESSA index score which is based on several factors including test scores and attendance.

Mulberry High School was ranked fourth with an improvement index score of plus-6.88. This was out of 275 schools that showed improvement. The weighted achievement increase is based on points awarded for each student that is close, ready and exceeding.The scores indicated that more students are meeting the grade level expectation. Mulberry High School was ranked sixth.

As a comparison, Fort Smith Schools ranked second on this list. Mulberry High School was moved from a D grade in 2017 to a grade of C in 2018. The Pleasant View Campus was awarded a B and the Marvin Campus a C.

MHS Principal Brad Williams said of the achievement, “The Mulberry High School teachers have proven their commitment to educating students and following our mission through the recent recognition by the Arkansas Department of Education. Congratulations to the Mulberry High School teachers, staff, and students for their outstanding accomplishments.”

The district also has adopted social and emotional learning with the Heartbridge program.

Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Myers said, “I am very proud of our teachers and administrators as they have worked together to improve the culture and climate of our school district. Everyone has truly worked together to develop leadership in each and every student in our district. The hard work is paying great dividends in student achievement.”