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Ruth Barker Middle School

Public | 5-6 | 775 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2013

I couldn't be happier with our experiences at Barker! My child was re zoned to attend this school so we came in with very little knowledge or expectations - that soon changed and my child had an amazing 5th grade year! Their creative teaching methods and positive energy was contagious! My child never wanted to miss school and her learning was through the roof and her educational development was reflected in her standardized test scores. The activities are completely appropriate for this age group and made going to school such a positive experience. The staff really seems to be involved and seems to care - I received calls periodically or emails updating me on my child, the school and any needs. Barker is an amazing place for middle school students and their parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Excellent teachers, curriculum & admin. We are so pleased with Barker. Communication between school and home has been wonderful. I know my 5th grader will be prepared for 6th.
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Posted March 29, 2011

Don't feel that the school administration and teachers here listen to the parents. They have a very "it's my way or the highway" attitude and they give out pink slips with so much frequency and for such minor matters that they have lost their effectiveness. The teachers do not like to be challenged or questioned about their actions towards the kids and the administration always sides with the teachers, regardless of whether it is a concern from a child or parent. Do not expect any real support here. The quality of education is good, but the school just doesn't work well with the parents. 5th grade was fine, 6th grade has been difficult! Hoping for a better next year in Jr High.
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Posted May 27, 2009

My daughter has attended for 2 years and we have found great support both personally and academically. She has excelled and there is no better band teacher in the district. The teachers have made their courses interesting and engaging. I highly recommend RHB to any parent.
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Posted February 3, 2009

Bentonville has such a high standards for schools; however, I have been disappointed with admin concerning public relations with student's parents. I had a problem with the lack of structure in a subject matter, and I felt like the Principal didn't care about my concerns, as per her response was one sentence long.
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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 84% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 73% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 64%
Hispanic 12% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 1%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 2% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 SE 18th St
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 696-3300

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