The Richmond Register


November 2, 2012

Local schools show growth in new state scores



Madison County Schools

Among the county district’s 10 elementary schools, Silver Creek, Waco and White Hall were labeled “Proficient,” while the remaining seven were classified as “Needs Improvement” (any school that falls below the 69th percentile).

One elementary school, Mayfield, was also labeled a “Focus School” – schools with low achievement scores, and/or high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent for two consecutive years, and/or schools with low scores among student gap groups.

Of the district’s five middle schools, only B. Michael Caudill achieved proficiency, falling into the 84th percentile. The remaining four are in the “Needs Improvement” category.

Farristown and Madison middle schools also were both labelled a “Focus School.”

Focus School data is being analyzed by the district to determine the exact reasons for the classification, said Randy Peffer, chief academic officer.

The county’s high schools were both labeled “Needs Improvement,” while Madison Southern also was determined to be a “Focus School.”

“The district has been focusing on growth for quite some time using formative assessments,” Peffer said. “Our growth was our strength, and that is what I am most proud of.”

Not all students learn at the same rate, he said. The assessment will aid the district in “designing instruction to meet the needs of kids on their level.”

The county school district will provide informational and data links on its website at

Model Laboratory Schools

Both Model Laboratory Middle and High schools were ranked as “Schools of Distinction,” a label given to schools that fall in the 95th percentile and above. Both schools were in the 97th percentile.

 “These high scores in all areas reflect the commitment we have to the highest levels of achievement and our focus on preparing students for college and the challenges they will face as future leaders,” said James Dantic, director.  

Many Model junior and seniors take college courses at Eastern Kentucky University for dual credit,” Dantic said. “They score well on the ACT. Our seniors consistently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships.”

Model’s elementary school, however, was ranked in the 63rd percentile, falling into the “Needs Improvement” range (schools in the 69th percentile and below). The elementary school also was labelled a “Focus School.”

“Achievement and growth rates were excellent,” according to a Model press release, but the school lagged in its Gap score.

“Growth Points tell the story for Model Elementary,” said Mark Cornette, the school’s assistant director. “Seventy-five percent of our students successfully showed growth.”

Cornette said the elementary school will focus on raising test scores for the Gap group, which includes students who are identified minorities, receive free or reduced lunch, receive special education or are English Language Learners.

“Actual achievement test scores are now only 30 percent of the total score given to a (elementary) school,” he said. “Since we are a small school, we were really impacted by the scores of a few students on our Gap index.”

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

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