NORTHWEST ARKANSAS – Arkansas is the 4th least educated state in America, according to a 2017 Wallethub study. But Northwest Arkansas schools are doing all they can to change that statistic.
For many NWA schools, it’s frustrating to hear about these studies, but they’re implementing programs to make sure students get a full education to fight these stigmas about the Natural State.
The study said Arkansas schools struggle with the number of kids who get their high school diploma and a bachelors degree.
Pea Ridge High School said it gives students many opportunities to prepare for the next step after high school, including a career academy and different ways to earn college credit.
But most importantly, their main focus is making sure everyone walks across the stage their senior year.
“9th grade is critical in that. That’s a grade where students are going through a transition from middle school to high school, so we have to work hard as a high school to support our 9th graders in that transition. We have a counselor who’s dedicated to 9th graders,” said Dana Tabor, an Asst. Principal for Curriculum and Instruction for Pea Ridge High School.
Another important factor that sets NWA apart, the teacher, student relationships at the schools.
As for where some neighboring states rank, Oklahoma lands just ahead of the Natural State as the 9th and Missouri as the 19th least educated states.
Mississippi is the least educated state in the country.