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Schools Make Great Gains on State Assessments

Schools in Scott County celebrate many accomplishments and gains on the KCCT statewide assessment recently announced for the 2010-2011 school year. The three middle schools and the high school all made significant gains in the percentage of students scoring proficient and distinguished in all content areas; reading, math, science, social studies and writing. These gains are highlighted by increases of over 5% in reading, 13% in science, 8% in social studies and 12% in writing at Georgetown Middle School. Other significant gains include Royal Spring Middle School’s increase of over 14% in science, Scott County Middle School’s increase of over 11% in social studies and Scott County High School’s gain of over 8% in both reading and math and over 11% in writing.

 

Significant gains at the elementary level include Southern Elementary’s increase of over 19% in social studies and over 11% in writing, Eastern Elementary’s increase of over 12% in writing and Stamping Ground Elementary’s increase of over 18% in science. While reading and math for the elementary schools as a whole remained close to last year’s high levels, science, social studies and writing had sizeable increases. 

  
Patricia Putty, Superintendent of Scott County Schools stated, “We continue to make gains. While we’re still not where we want to be, the improvement is proof that we are on the right track and continue to strive to provide a top notch education for all of our students.” 


Testing formats have changed over the past three years. Kentucky reports how schools fare on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation as well as the percentage of students who score proficient, distinguished, apprentice and novice on tests in reading, math, science, social studies and writing.  


“It is unfortunate that a flawed system like NCLB is used to measure the progress of our schools,” said Matt Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning for Scott County Schools. “A system where schools meet 90% or more of their goals yet are considered to be failing does not adequately measure the true progress teachers and students are accomplishing.” 


Kentucky has submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education that would allow the state to use the new accountability system beginning this school year to report to the federal government instead of NCLB. In Scott County 5 out of 11 schools met all of their goals under NCLB.  While they did not meet 100% of their goals, Georgetown Middle School and Scott County High School increased the number of goals met from last year.   


Chip Southworth, Scott County’s Director of Secondary Schools, draws attention to the many other indicators of improved student achievement at the high school. “The ACT scores of juniors in Scott County, which Kentucky requires all 11th graders to take, increased to an all time high with a composite of 19.9. This puts our students in the top 10% of all the high schools in Kentucky.” In addition, Advanced Placement scores have continued to increase drastically over the past four years at the high school. “All in all, our students are performing better and better every year.”

 
“Our vision is to create a collaborative culture that ensures student learning,” said Mrs. Putty. “There are some areas in which we still need to improve but we know what they are and we will continue to address them by working together as a team with parents, families, and community members.”

 

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Targets

School

Title 1

# of Targets

# of Targets Met

% of Targets Met

Anne Mason Elementary School

Y

10

10

100

Eastern Elementary School

Y

10

10

100

Garth Elementary School

Y

10

8

80

Northern Elementary School

Y

10

10

100

Southern Elementary School

Y

10

10

100

Stamping Ground Elementary School

Y

10

8

80

Western Elementary School

N

10

10

100

Georgetown Middle School

Y

13

8

62

Royal Spring Middle School

N

13

10

77

Scott County Middle School

N

13

8

62

Scott County High School

N

16

11

69

Scott County District

Y

19

13

68





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