The Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas. They have announced that Des Arc Elementary School won a “High-Achieving School” OEP award for performance on the 5th Grade Benchmark Science exam. These awards are based on the OEP-created “School GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that performance at a particular level on the Benchmark or End-of-Course exam. (Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic).