Teachers fear standoff could affect student performance on tests

Teachers in the tiny Alread School District in Arkansas fear that a weeklong manhunt for two fugitives could have a negative impact on how students fare on standardized tests this week.

State police and sheriff's deputies since March 22nd have been seeking two men wanted in the shooting of a trooper. The men also are wanted for questioning in the disappearance of an Alread couple.

Alread schools reopened yesterday for the first time in a week. Some teachers worry students will do poorly on the Arkansas Benchmark Exams because they did not have their final review sessions.

Alread is one of 57 school districts with fewer than 350 students that must consolidate or annex under a legislative order.

The Legislature passed the act as part of its response to a ruling that Arkansas school system is unconstitutional.

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