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).
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).