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September 27, 2013

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

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.



DISTRICT SCORES

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.



MADISON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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).

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