The Richmond Register

September 27, 2013

Test scores move Madison County School District up to 'proficient' status

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Kentucky’s revamped statewide Unbridled Success school scores were released Friday morning, and data from Madison County show a mixed bag of top-scoring schools and several that failed to show progress.

The Madison County Public Schools district has increased its overall score, which pulls it out of the “needs improvement” category to proficient.

Half of the county’s elementary schools showed improvement, while six did not and remained in the “needs improvement” category.

The “needs improvement” designation means the school’s score falls in the 70th percentile or below statewide.

Of the seven middle schools, one earned the top distinguished designation based on its high score. The other six need improvement, but four of those school did show score increases.

Finally, three of Madison County’s four high schools increased their overall scores from last year.


While the entire Madison County Public Schools district showed an increase in overall score, it missed its 2012-2013 goal by just .3 points. Last year, the district’s overall score was 58.3, and the state set this year’s goal at 59.3.

All scores with the Unbridled Learning system are ranked from 0 to 100.

This year’s score for the district was 59. However, Madison Public Schools did meet its participation rate and graduation rate goals.

Overall, the district received a proficient designation and is in the 77th percentile statewide among other districts.

Scores from Model Laboratory school are included with the Madison County District Data.

Berea Independent School District’s overall score dropped 3.2 points from last year, which places it in the “needs improvement” category. The district is in the 20 percentile statewide.


Elementary schools

The bright spot for local elementary schools in the 2012-2013 Unbridled Learning scores was Silver Creek Elementary School. It earned the top weighted score, a 72.8, of the 10 Madison County Public Schools for lower grades.

This was an 8.3 point increase from last year’s score, and it exceeded this year’s goal by 7.5 points. This score places Silver Creek Elementary in the top 95th percentile of Kentucky elementary schools based on its overall Unbridled Learning score.

Silver Creek has been designated by the state as a School of Distinction, which means it has scored from the 95th to 99th percentile in the state and met student participation rates.

Two Madison County elementaries scored high enough to meet the proficiency designation – Kirksville and White Hall.

While White Hall Elementary actually had a decrease of .3 in its score from last year and did not meet its goal for this year, the school still scored high enough to be in the 82nd percentile statewide.

Glenn Marshall Elementary, while still in the “needs improvement” category, did meet its goal and brought the score from last year up 1.5 points. It ranks in the 63rd percentile statewide.

Five elementaries did not meet their goals and showed a decrease in overall scores. Those were Waco, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Shannon Johnson and Mayfield elementaries.

Shannon Johnson showed the biggest drop from last year, five points. Mayfield had the lowest score of all the elementaries schools, a 42, which places it in the fifth percentile along the state’s schools.

Elementary students in the third, fourth and fifth grade were assessed in reading and mathematics. However, fourth-graders also were assessed in science and writing Mechanics. Fifth-graders were tested in social studies and writing on-demand.

An elementary school’s overall score is based on Achievement (30 percent), Gap (30 percent) and Growth (40 percent).

Middle schools

All five of Madison Public middle schools are still designated “needs improvement” by the state, but three of them showed an increase in scores and met their 2012-2013 goal.

Those were Foley, Clark-Moores and Farristown middle schools. Farristown showed the biggest jump by increasing its score by three points from last year.

Foley Middle School, with an overall score of 57.5, edged out Clark-Moores by just .3 points to be the top-scoring middle school in the Madison district. Foley is in the 63rd percentile for all Kentucky schools.

As in elementary schools, the K-PREP tests assess all middle school students in reading and mathematics. However, sixth-graders also are assessed in writing on-demand and writing mechanics; seventh-graders in science; and eighth-graders in social studies and writing on-demand.

A middle school’s overall score is based on Achievement (28 percent), Gap (28 percent), Growth (28 percent) and College Readiness (16 percent).

High schools

Both Madison Central and Madison Southern high schools met their goals this year and showed significant increases in overall score.

Madison Central’s overall score was a 59.8, which is 4.4 points higher than last year’s score. This places Central in the 76th percentile statewide, and it also is designated a proficient/progressing school.

Southern had a score of 57, which places it in the 64th percentile statewide. While still designated a “needs improvement” school, it also is a progressing school because it made an increase of 5.5 points over last year’s score and met its goal for the year.

High school students are administered K-PREP End-of-Course assessments given in English 10, Algebra 2, Biology 1 and U.S. History for the school’s “achievement” component. Sophomores and juniors also are assessed in writing on-demand.

A high school’s overall score is based on Achievement (20 percent), Gap (20 percent), Growth (20 percent), College/ Career Readiness (20 percent) and Graduation Rate (20 percent).


Berea Community Elementary School showed a big drop in its scores, with a 11.1 point decrease from last year. This places the school in the fifth percentile of schools statewide. Among all the county’s schools, it had the second-lowest score of 53.3 with only Mayfield Elementary scoring lower.

Berea’s middle school did meet its goal and showed a 2.3 point increase to a score of 51.8. It is in the 39th percentile in the state for middle schools. The school still “needs improvement” but is progressing.

Finally, Berea Community High School showed a slight decrease of .8 points from last year, placing the school in the 58th percentile.


Model Laboratory Elementary School did well with it a score, ranking it fourth among all Madison County Schools.

The elementary showed a 5.1 point increase from last year, placing it in the 82nd percentile statewide. It is considering a proficient/progressing school.

Model Laboratory Middle School also showed a 5.1 point increase, making it the only “distinguished” middle school in Madison County. Its score of 71.1 puts it in the 92 percentile statewide.

Model’s high school had a 4.4 point drop, but still scored high enough to place in the 96th percentile statewide among other high schools. Model high school received the top “distinguished” designation.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.