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Education

September 28, 2013

School officials going over test scores to plan future steps

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RICHMOND —



BEREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

All three levels of Berea Community Schools have been placed in the “needs improvement” category based on their 2012-13 Unbridled Learning scores. However, Berea Community Middle School did meet its annual goal and was designated a progressing school.

Berea Community Elementary scored the second-lowest of all elementary schools in the county and is ranked in the fifth percentile statewide. Berea Community Middle School also was the second-lowest scoring middle school in the county.

Berea Community High School was the lowest-ranking high school in the county and is in the 56th percentile statewide.

Berea Community Superintendent Mike Hogg did point out some positive data provided in the annual school scores report. The high school graduation rate increased to 95.8 percent, which far surpasses the state average.

The high school also had more graduates who attained college and/or career readiness, from 38.2 percent to 47.1 percent, according to a news release from Hogg. Finally, BCS high school students performed above state averages on the ACT college preparatory assessment in the areas of English, reading, science and math.

All high school juniors in the state must take the ACT.

“We are proud of our growth in students meeting CCR benchmarks and on the ACT, but we have to move more of our students out of the apprentice level of performance and fully into the proficient category,” BCHS Principal Donna Lovell said in the news release.

The middle school showed increases in math, social studies and writing areas, but there were slight drops in science and reading.

Berea Community Elementary School recorded decreased scores in reading, math, writing and science. Social studies showed a slight increase.

“We are scouring over these scores to develop a full understanding of why our performance went down down,” BCES Principal Emily Reed stated in the release. “We are looking closely at our curriculum guides to make sure we are teaching what needs to be taught to give our students every opportunity to be successful.

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