A+ Arkansas: Checking in on Pikeview Elementary

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Spring break for most schools starts after Friday, and it has been a while since we've checked on our A+ schools.THV 11 has been following three schools -- Rockefeller in Little Rock, Boone Park and Pikeview in North Little Rock.

    It has been seven months since Pikeview began the program, and THV 11's Craig O'Neill dropped by to see if the students had noticed a change over a year ago.

    "We just expect everything that's coming to us, the activities, the fun stuff. We just really expect it and like it," said Cidney.

    "You know, we haven't really taught them A+. It's just how we do things now. We do things in different ways now," said Melanie Landrum, principal at Pikeview Elementary. She said she has really seen the A+ impact with discipline.

    A recent assessment gave Pikeview high marks for its learning environment.

    "The mood is extremely positive," said Landrum. "The climate was rated extremely high, so I'm happy about that. I don't think it would have been the same if they had done the report last year," she added.

    Assessment firms, parents, and kids are noticing.

    After seven months, Pikeview has momentum, but the Benchmark tests are coming. And, while those tests are not really reflective of an A+ school, they will still matter this year.

    It'll be interesting to see how Pikeview does.

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