Results from the state assessment administered in the spring of 2017 show a high graduation rate and growth in reading and math for Scott County Schools. Kentucky is transitioning away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model and moving to a new accountability system. As a result, schools did not receive an overall numerical score, label, or ranking though results for individual students still use the customary labels of novice, apprentice, proficient, and distinguished. All students in Kentucky should be proficient in reading and math and graduate from high school ready for college and career.
State assessment for high school students includes performance by juniors on the ACT as well as college and career readiness benchmarks, end of course exams, and graduation rate. KDE calculated the Scott County four-year graduation rate as 92.3%. The average graduation rate in Kentucky is 89.8%. The high school college and career readiness score is 61.9. Last year, juniors in Scott County earned an average ACT composite score of 20.7, above the state average of 19.8.
“We are very proud of the graduation rate and level of achievement attained by our students.” commented Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub. “Our students perform well in reading and math and exceed state averages in nearly every tested category.”
K-PREP assessments are one measure of student achievement used by educators in Scott County to guide instruction. Last spring, all students in grades 3-8 tested in reading and math. Results show 55.6% of elementary school students in Scott County scored proficient/distinguished in reading, which is above the state average of 54.3%. For middle school, 62.1% of students in Scott County scored proficient/distinguished in reading. The state average is 56.9%. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Scott County High School students scored proficient/distinguished in reading, far exceeding the state average of 55.5%.
Elementary and high school students in Scott County outscored their peers across the state in math while middle school students scored below state averages. The percentage of middle school students scoring proficient/distinguished in math in Scott County was 46.3% compared to the state average of 47.0%.
Scott County also uses MAP assessment, administered three times per year, as a more timely gauge of student learning. MAP scores from spring 2017 show all kindergarten and all eighth students in Scott County and all students tested at Elkhorn Crossing, Lemons Mill, Northern, Royal Spring, Scott County Ninth Grade, and Western scored above the national norm in both reading and math.
K-PREP and MAP data together show that the majority of students in Scott County are proficient in reading and math. Both also identify students who need additional support. Schools use this data to meet the individual learning needs of all students.
“When considering results from K-PREP and MAP, I am pleased with the improvement shown by schools,” stated Maurice Chappell, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning. “As a district, we are focused on improving instruction, teaching standards, and removing barriers.”
To view the complete 2017 school report card for Scott County schools, visit http://applications.education.ky.gov/src/. Parents will receive individual student data later this fall. The transition period will continue as the Kentucky accountability system undergoes a major overhaul. Ongoing changes will make it impossible to compare year-to-year results until the new system takes effect in the 2018-2019 school year. In spring 2018, students will complete the following assessments:
- Reading and Math in grades 3-8
- Social Studies in grades 5 & 8
- Language Mechanics in grades 4 & 6
- On-demand Writing in grades 5, 8 & 11