The Richmond Register

Education

September 28, 2013

School officials going over test scores to plan future steps

RICHMOND — In the second year of the new Unbridled Learning school assessment, the scores released Friday for the 2012-13 school year have shown that students are improving statewide.

“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in a Friday news release.

Student performance showed improvement from 2012. The percentage of proficient and distinguished students, the top two scoring categories, increased in nearly every subject at every grade level, according to the release.

Students who historically have been stuck in “achievement gaps” are performing at a higher level, the release stated. Those so-called “gap students” are those identified as part of a minority group, receive free/reduced lunch, receive special education or are English-language learners.

The gap students’ scores also are one of five components in each school’s assessment.

This year, the college/career readiness statewide rate jumped to 54.1 percent from 34 percent in 2010, according to the news release.

A new, more accurate way of tracking graduations rate has revealed that 86 percent of students are graduating from high school in four years, the release added.

The overall scoring range for each school is 0 to 100. The state’s goal is to have 100 percent proficiency for all students.



MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Compared to last year, 114 more schools and 31 more districts are performing at the highest levels, which is either proficient or distinguished.

Madison Public Schools is one of those districts that moved from the “needs improvement” to proficient with its 2012-2013 scores.

The highest scoring school countywide was Silver Creek Elementary, which is in the 95th percentile of schools statewide. Its high percentile earned it a distinguished rating along with a School of Distinction designation. Schools of Distinction are those in the 95th to 99th percentile statewide.

Three other schools scored in the proficient category, and 13 were designated “needs improvement.” Nine of the county district’s 17 schools are considered “progressing,” which means they met their score goal for the 2012-2013 year.

Mayfield was the lowest-scoring elementary school, and Madison Middle was the lowest-scoring middle school. Foley topped the list for county district middle schools, and Madison Central edged out Southern to be the top district high school.

David Gilliam, chief academic officer, said because this is only the second year under the new testing system, accurately gauging schools’ academic growth difficult remains difficult.

“It’s going to take two to three years before these scores stabilize,” he said.

Instructors at all of the district’s schools received individual student scores about two weeks ago. They are going through them and assessing each individual child’s needs in an effort to improve their academic performance, Gilliam said.

“We’re dedicated to meeting students’ needs,” he said.

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