By: Joe P. Asher Staff Writer
September 30, 2013
The Kentucky Department of Education announced that things are improving when it comes to student performance and graduation rates.
KDE, in a press release, stated schools across the state showed improvement after the second year of the “Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability” program. The program began in 2009. It is currently in its third year. Results for the second year were released by the KDE on Friday.
“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday in the press release. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful.”
Since Senate Bill 1 passed in 2009, the average student is better prepared for college or a career after graduating high school, according to KDE.
From 2010 to 2013, college or career readiness increased approximately 20 percent.
“In just three years, we’ve gone from only a third of our students being ready for college and career to more than half,” Holliday said. “That’s around 8,000 students who now have a much better shot at getting a good job, paying taxes and becoming self-sufficient Kentuckians.”
KDE released information on the performance of individual schools on their website.
“The Overall Score is used to compare and rank school and district performance,” states the website. “An accountability classification based on the percentile rank, rewards or assistance category, participation rate and graduation rate are also displayed. Accountability is based on students enrolled a full academic year (100 days).”
According to KDE, both Harlan County High School and Harlan Independent High School showed improvement over the previous year.
Harlan Independent High School received an overall score of 67.7 for the 2012-2013 year, placing the school in the 95th percentile statewide. Harlan Independent received a classification of “distinguished” for the year. This is up from a 2011-12 overall score of 63.7 which placed the district in the 87th percentile with a rating of ‘proficient’ for that year.
Harlan County High School received the designation of “needs improvement” for the 2012-2013 year, with an overall accountability profile score of 53. This put the school in the 41st percentile statewide. This is up from an overall score of 46.1 for the 2011-12 year that placed the school in the 13th percentile.
Harlan Independent Middle School scored in the 87th percentile. This is down from the school’s rank for the previous year in the 92nd percentile.
Harlan Independent Elementary School achieved a 76th percentile score. This is up from the previous year’s 63rd percentile.
Black Mountain Elementary scored a 15th percentile rating, down from a 55th percentile the previous year. Black Mountain Middle School scored a 31st percentile rating. This is down from the previous 35th percentile rating.
Cawood Elementary School scored in the 75th percentile, up from the 11th percentile score the previous year. Cawood Middle School scored in the 48th percentile, a decrease from the previous year’s 25th percentile rating.
Cumberland Elementary School placed in the 10th percentile, an improvement over the previous rating in the fifth percentile. Cumberland Middle School increased to the 65th percentile from the previous year’s rating in the 22nd percentile.
Evarts Elementary School placed in the 69th percentile up from the previous rating in the 18th percentile. Evarts Middle School ranked in the 87th percentile range, a drop from the previous year’s 88th percentile score.
Green Hills Elementary School placed in the sixth percentile, up from the previous year’s score in the third percentile. Green Hills Middle School placed in the 38th percentile, up from the previous year’s ninth percentile.
James A. Cawood Elementary School placed in the eighth percentile, up from the previous year’s 1st percentile score. James A. Cawood Middle School ranked in the 32nd percentile, up from the previous year’s rank in the 22nd percentile.
Rosspoint Elementary School ranked in the 25th percentile, down from the previous year’s 34th percentile. Rosspoint Middle School scored in the 97th percentile, a jump from the previous year’s 96th percentile.
Wallins Elementary School scored in the 12th percentile, down from the previous year’s 18th percentile rank. Wallins Middle School scored a 78th percentile rank, an improvement over the previous year’s 40th percentile score.
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