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CATS Assessment - A Cause for Celebration

Scott County has a lot to celebrate with the release of the CATS data. For the first time ever, the Scott County District has scored above 90. With an overall index of 90.8 (an increase of 1.7 points over last year), the district is less than 10 points from the state proficiency 2014 benchmark of 100. With six years remaining before the 2014 deadline for achieving proficiency, four of the eleven Scott County schools have already exceeded this 100 benchmark. Eight of the eleven schools had an academic index greater than 90. “I want to commend all our students, teachers, administrators, parents, board members, and community members for all their hard work and dedication. These scores validate the quality of teaching and learning that occurs every day in our classrooms. Schools have much to celebrate,” said Patricia Putty, Superintendent.
Kentucky schools and districts received their annual Commonwealth Accountability and Testing System (commonly referred to as CATS) scores today. This system is comprised of both academic assessments and nonacademic indicators such as attendance, retention, dropout rates, graduation rates, and successful transition to adult life. The academic assessment, known as the Ky. Core Content Test or KCCT, is given in 3rd through 8th, and 10 through 12th grades. Tests are a combination of multiple choice and open response questions in reading, math, science, social studies, arts and humanities, practical living/vocational, and writing. This year for the first time, high school accountability also includes the ACT and PLAN assessment. Progress toward the goal of 100 is measured by averaging a school and or district performance over two years and comparing to this score to their individual goals.  
Of the eleven schools tested, all were rated as either meeting their goals or making progress. Individual schools have a lot to celebrate. All schools posted a reading index of 90 or above with six of the schools scoring above 100. All juniors at Scott Co. High School participated in the national ACT this year. They ranked 34th out of 232 Kentucky High Schools.
“Our scores are reflective of our dedicated teachers who ‘name and claim’ each student. It is this personal commitment to each individual’s learning that will provide the avenue for continued success and district improvement,” said Superintendent Putty.

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