Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

211 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701


Sarah Morris

Sarah graduated from King University as a volleyball student-athlete with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education. She then graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Masters in Education in Advanced Secondary Education. She has 5 years of teaching experience as an 8th grade mathematics teacher in East Tennessee, was the Junior High's Project-Based Learning Instructor to advanced, non-traditional learners doing various community service projects, and was an organizer for her school system's downtown beautification art and poetry competition. In 2020, she conducted a classroom study on the effects of Specifications Grading in the K-12 setting. She joined the Office for Education Policy team in the summer of 2021, researching the predictive powers of 9th grade GPAs. Sarah continues her work with Dr. Sarah McKenzie on Arkansas's ninth-grade course failures, Freshman Success Reports, fairer grading, and ninth-grade students' building configurations. Her research interests include grading practices and Arkansas's ninth grade students.

University of Arkansas - PhD in Education Policy (Anticipated 2025)

East Tennessee State University - Masters of Education in Advanced Secondary Education

King University - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, minor in Secondary Education

Grading equity practices

Arkansas's ninth grade students

Specifications Grading and more grade control

Predictive powers of 9th grade GPAs

9th grade course failures

Freshman Success Reports

Fairer Grading

9th grade building configurations