State test scores released

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The performance ratings for Kentucky schools have been released by the state's Department of Education.

It's the second year of the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, or K-PREP. School systems across the Bluegrass State are now analyzing where they stand.

As the state's second largest school district Fayette County has some of the top-ranked and lowest performing schools in Kentucky.

Here's how they break down under Kentucky's new 'Unbridled Learning' accountability system.

14 Fayette County Schools were classified as distinguished, 13 were rated as proficient and 24 were deemed as needing improvement.

Reading scores rose at the middle and high school levels, but fell slightly in elementary schools. More high school and elementary students scored proficient in math but math scores fell at the middle school level.

Tom Shelton, Superintendent of Fayette County Schools says overall Fayette County schools are improving. "Overall schools in Fayette co for elementary, middle and high school are better than the state average at every single level. More than half of the district's schools earned ratings of proficient or distinguished. We had 28 schools that posted higher scores in 2013 in previous years."

Shelton also said the test results show college and career readiness rates have significantly improved in Fayette County.

Here's how the district's five high schools rank:

Bryan Station posted a 5 point gain from last year, scoring 53 out of 100. That boosted its ranking from the 15th percentile to the 41st.

Tates Creek scored 63 out of 100 to rank in the 87th percentile.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Henry Clay, and Lafayette each rank above the 90th percentile.

The results also show some of the lowest performing schools in Fayette County.

William Wells Brown Elementary is the eighth lowest scoring school in the state. Crawford had the 17th lowest middle school scores in the state.

But superintendent Shelton says he's confident that Fayette County Schools will continue to improve.

Shelton said, "In summary, we did make good progress. We are excited about the progress that's made. We still know we have a long way to go, but as we continue to move forward in this new accountability system we will do better."

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