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Assessment Scores Continue to Improve for Scott County Schools

District reaches 85th percentile; every Scott County school improves

Results of the state assessment, administered at each school in Kentucky in the spring of 2014, show continued progress for Scott County Schools.  The overall district score as well as the state ranking highlight positive results.  The district ranking improved to the 85th percentile, classifying Scott County Schools as Proficient and Progressing.  This year Program Reviews in Writing, Arts & Humanities, and Practical Living/Career Studies were included in the scores for the first time.  Because of this, the overall school and district scores and percentiles cannot be compared with the scores shared in September 2013.  However, an Overall Combined Score was calculated for each school and district to determine growth and improvement from 2013 to 2014.  Scott County Schools improved its overall combined score from 67.4 to 70.0 which places the district in the 85th percentile across the state.

“The gains we continue to experience are due to the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators,” Scott County Superintendent Patricia Putty explained.  “I am so proud of the entire district and our focus on continuous growth.  While test scores do not define us, the scores certainly show evidence that our students are learning at high levels.”

Every single school in the district improved their overall combined score led by Eastern Elementary School’s 6.7 point gain.  All schools but two (Anne Mason and Georgetown Middle School) met their Annual Measurable Objective (AMO).  Four schools (Eastern, Northern, Royal Spring, and Western) reached a classification of Distinguished with Northern and Royal Spring also achieving a School of Distinction award only received by those schools across at the 96th percentile or above.

“Having four schools at the Distinguished level is a wonderful accomplishment.  Those schools and our district have a lot for which to be proud,” shared Dr. Matt Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning.  “The hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators resulted in improved scores for every school in the district.  This growth is an indication of the quality of education in Scott County.”

Three schools (Lemons Mill, Scott County High School, and Stamping Ground) continued their Proficient status with all three showing sustained growth from last year.  The classification of Proficient is awarded to schools between the 70th and 90th percentiles.

Anne Mason, Garth, Georgetown Middle School, Scott County Middle School, and Southern all received a classification of Needs Improvement which is given to schools and districts at the 69th percentile or below.  While all schools improved, three of those schools (Garth, Scott County Middle School, and Southern) improved enough to receive an additional classification of Progressing.

School

Overall Combined Score

Percentile Rank

Classification

Anne Mason Elementary

63.1

41

Needs Improvement

Eastern Elementary

75.1

90

Distinguished/Progressing*

Garth Elementary

62.5

39

Needs Improvement/Progressing*

Georgetown Middle

56.6

25

Needs Improvement

Lemons Mill Elementary

70.1

72

Proficient/Progressing*

Northern Elementary

81.0

99

Distinguished/Progressing*

Royal Spring Middle

74.5

96

Distinguished/Progressing*

Scott County High

73.2

81

Proficient/Progressing*

Scott County Middle

64.0

58

Needs Improvement/Progressing*

Southern Elementary

67.4

61

Needs Improvement/Progressing*

Stamping Ground Elementary

72.5

83

Proficient/Progressing*

Western Elementary

75.7

91

Distinguished/Progressing*

Scott County District

70.0

85

Proficient/Progressing*

* A classification of Progressing means the school/district met goals for Annual Measurable Objective, participation rate, and graduation rate (if applicable).

 

“Achieving at the 85th percentile as a district is a wonderful accomplishment. However, we still have some areas of needed improvement,” said Superintendent Putty.  Three schools received a Focus School classification.  Georgetown Middle and Scott County Middle continued their Focus School status while Scott County High School, classified as Proficient, received this designation for the first time.  A school is identified as Focus School when a specific Non-Duplicated Gap Group meets certain criteria established by the state.  The Non-Duplicated Gap Group is comprised of students who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American as well as those who receive free/reduced lunch or Special Education services or have Limited English Proficiency.  It is possible for a school at any level of classification (Needs Improvement, Proficient, or Distinguished) to be a Focus School because the scores of a specific Non-Duplicated Gap Group.

“We continue to use multiple interventions to help improve student achievement at all schools in the district,” continued Putty.  Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a school-level assessment which provides valuable data to help individual students in Math and Language Arts.  This assessment provides immediate results to meet student needs and is administered three times per year in grades K-9.  It is our goal that every student will make at least one year of growth each year.  This is consistent in the expectations for both students who struggle academically as well as those who master material quickly and have need for advanced rigor.

In the coming weeks, schools will send individual student scores home for parent review.  This important information will let parents know how their child performed in each area tested at the respective grade level.   Once distributed, teachers will be available to address questions regarding student-specific data.

To view a complete report of School Report Card data, visit the district website at: www.scott.kyschools.us  or access using the Kentucky Department of Education Open House Public School Data and Information Portal at: www.openhouse.education.ky.gov.

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For more information:

Renee Holmes, (502) 570-3059, renee.holmes@scott.kyschools.us





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