November 12, 2013
The Wildcats are celebrating their top seven ranking and we aren’t talking University of Kentucky basketball here.
Rosspoint Elementary School’s faculty, staff, students, parents and supporters are celebrating their academic success, ranking seventh in the recent Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress tests, or what is commonly referred to by the state’s educators as K-Prep. The marquee in front of the school denotes Rosspoint Elementary School is a “A School of Distinction, Ranked 7th in state testing.”
Principal Bryan Howard addressed the overflowing crowd which gathered in the gymnasium to mark the occasion, drawing large applause when making the announcement to students about moving from the top 10 last year to the top seven this year.
“We have many wonderful students, an awesome staff and wonderful supportive parents,” said Howard as he highlighted the testing accomplishment.
Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard said, “I want to tell all of you how proud we are. I am speaking on behalf of the board of education and the administration… This is two years in a row you have been in the top 10 and you are even higher this year than you were last year. This shows how dedicated the students here at Rosspoint are and how devoted and hardworking the faculty and staff are.”
The middle school ranked seventh in the state out of all middle schools.
“With a composite of 17.9 on the EXPLORE, our eighth-graders were ranked sixth in the state. A breakdown of the school’s middle grade scores include: Reading 72.6, 9.5 points above state average; math, 85.9, 23.9 points above the state average; science 94.3, 14.1 points above the state average; social studies, 85.9, 9.1 points above state average, writing 67.1, two points above state average and language mechanics 62.5, 7.1 points above state average,” said Mike Howard.
Also, the school’s achievement score was 81, with a gap score of 59.7 and a growth score of 69.7. The college/career readiness score was a 76.5.
School board member Myra Mosley, who along with board member Brenda Henson participated in the celebration, visited the school earlier in the week and delivered a blue and white balloon bouquet for a ceremonial photo to be published by the Kentucky School Boards Association in an upcoming edition of “The Advocate.”