School Celebrating High Test Scores

The Commonwealth Accountability Testing System or "CATS" is designed to advance education across the state of Kentucky. One school in Eastern Kentucky is celebrating their high scores.

David Johnson is the Harlan City Schools superintendent and he says students attend class an average of 170 days a school year.

"We have worked pretty diligently over our curriculum over the years and our instruction so I think there's been a big effort there," Johnson said.

But the school district has taken one day to celebrate recent achievements. The 2006 CATS scores came in and Harlan High School's class of 2008 ranked number one in reading, out of 230 Kentucky high schools.

"Reading is such an essential skill. If you can read, then that's going to help you do better in most other classes," Johnson said.

The Harlan Independent School District also ranked in the top 20 percent of the state and the class of 2007 ranked number 6 in the state testing in arts and humanities.

"From a small school like Harlan, the school has really prepared me to go into college," Harlan High School senior Sarah Goss said.

The high school students weren't the only ones celebrating. Harlan Elementary School celebrated the school's highest test scores ever.

"When we were talking with them to get them inspired to work hard they came up with some goals for us," said Harlan Elementary School Principal Donna Bushnell.

The 4th and 5th graders had their principal ride down Main Street on a horse and because one 5th grader received the highest grade in the school, the kids made the principal kiss a snake.

Harlan High School's goal for next year's test scores is to be in the top ten of all Kentucky high schools.

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