TABLE 1

Participation in Arkansas BMI Assessments (Kindergarten Through 12th Grade)

CategoryYear 1 (2003–2004)Year 2 (2004–2005)Year 3 (2005–2006)Year 4 (2006–2007)
Total%Total%Total%Total%
Participationa
    Public schools1060/112394.41115/112998.81090/110698.61070/108099.1
    Students (kindergarten through 12)425 372/458 99192.7443 632/461 81596.1431 981/470 27991.9472 558/490 49596.3
Student data425 372443 632431 981472 558
    Valid for analysisb347 75381.8368 87183.1369 41685.5366 80177.6
    Invalid57961.446781.115390.46470.1
    Unable to assessb71 82116.970 08315.861 02614.1105 11022.2
  • a Results include all data available for years 1, 2, and 3 for kindergarten through 12th grade and data received by June 6, 2007, for year 4. Some public schools and districts merged after year 2.

  • b A contributing factor to the decrease in valid assessments and increase in percentage of unable to be assessed may have been the uncertainty surrounding the BMI-assessment process that was created by proposed state legislation during the 2007 General Assembly, which caused some schools to delay conducting their BMI assessments and prevented completion of reporting measurements before the end of the school year.Data source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Assessment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in Arkansas: Year Four (Fall 2006Spring 2007), Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement; 2007. Available at: www.achi.net/ChildObDocs/ACHI_2007_BMI_Online_State_Report.pdf.