75 Percent Of Kentucky Schools Make Progress - Check Your School!

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The latest results from the No Child Left Behind report are in. Overall, most schools in Eastern kentucky are making the grade. State-wide, three quarters of Kentucky's schools have met their annual yearly progress standards. The act uses standardized tests to evaluate the performance of each school across the state. Each school is then given a set of specific goals, and if all goals are met, the school receives a passing rating. If not, the school enters a tier-ed status. While some schools in our area have passed with flying colors, others are struggling to leave their tier status.

The kentucky Board of Education states that most schools in Eastern Kentucky are fairing well in the latest No Child Left Behind reports.
Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Department of Education says "That law requires that states test students in reading and math in certain grades in public schools and then hold those schools accountable for how well students are performing."
Corbin Independent met all 13 of their goals for this year. "The big thing is what are we doing for every student in our district to make them successful;" says Brenda Hammons, Corbin Independent Superintendent. Corbin Independent worked specifically with children with disabilities to improve their scores.
Last year, Letcher County schools did not meet all of their goals... but today celebrated their latest achievement. They met all of this year's goals and if they repeat that performance next year, they will be removed from any negative status. "We've tried to individualize our instruction to meet the needs of our students and try not to teach to the masses;" Kelly hall, Director of Instructor for Letcher County Schools.
Any school that receives a negative "tiered" rating is required to notify the parents and give students the option to transfer schools within the district. Inez Middle School currently has one of the lowest ratings in the region, but has shown improvement over the last year. "It only missed one goal. Out of 13 it only missed one of those. The chances are good that Inez is going to get out of that category next year," says Gross. Inez Middle School used curriculum mapping, schedule changes, and added a reading specialist in attempts to improve their test scores. One parent says she can see the difference at home. "He's really happy here you know, and he likes it a lot. I'm happy with that;" Melissa Maynerd, parent of a Sixth Grade Student.
Inez Middle School is recalculating their test scores because school officials believe some students may have been placed in the wrong category, meaning the school may have actually met all of their 13 goals.
The state Department of Education also mentioned that next year's school goals are going up, so it will be more difficult for schools to receive a passing rating.

2007 No Child Left Behind Data for Eastern Kentucky:

School District and Status:
Barbourville Independent 2
Bell County 3
Breathitt County 3
Clay County 3
Corbin Independent Pass
East Bernstadt Independent Pass
Floyd County 1
Harlan County 3
Harlan Independent Pass
Hazard Independent Pass
Jackson County Didn't meet Annual Yearly Progress, first year
Jackson Independent Pass
Jenkins Independent Pass
Johnson County Pass
Knott County 3
Knox County 3
Laurel County 3
Lawrence County 3
Lee County 1
Leslie County 3
Letcher County 3
Magoffin County Pass
Martin County 3
Middlesboro Independent Pass
Morgan County 1
Owsley County Pass
Paintsville Independent Pass
Perry County 3
Pike County Pass
Pikeville Independent Pass
Pineville Independent Pass
Pulaski County 3
Rowan County 2
Somerset Independent 3
Whitley County Pass
Williamsburg Independent Pass
Wolfe county Pass

Schools Facing Tiers of Consequence:

Sebastian Middle School (Breathitt County Schools) 3
Breathitt County High School 3
Clay County Middle School 2
Betsy Layne Elementary School (Floyd) 3
J.M. Stumbo Elementary School (Floyd) 1
Betsy Layne High School (Floyd) 1
Prestonsburg High School (Floyd) 4
South Floyd High School 4
Hall Elementary School (Harlan) 3
Evarts High School (Harlan) 4
Jackson County Middle School 2
Jackson County High School 5
Knott County Central High School 2
London Elementary School (Laurel) 3
North Laurel Middle School (Laurel) 3
South Laurel Middle School (Laurel) 3
Lee County Middle School 1
Inez Middle School (Martin) 5, second year
Warfield Middle School (Martin) 3
Middlesboro High School (Middlesboro Independent) 1
Morgan County Middle School 2
Owsley County Sigh School 3
Buckhorn Elementary School (Perry) 1
Buckhorn High School (Perry) 1
Pineville Elementary School (Pineville Independent) 1
Whitley County Middle School 2
Whitley County High School 2
Wolfe County High School 1

Explanation of NCLB Terms:

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year. It is measured at the school and district levels by:
• Measuring growth in the percentage of students scoring Proficient or above in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8, reading grade 10, and mathematics grade 11.
• Assessing improvement on the "other academic indicator."
• Testing at least 95% of enrolled students and student subpopulations of sufficient size.

Tier 1 of Consequences (2 years not making AYP)
• Implement School Choice
• Write or revise School Plan
Tier 2 of Consequences (3 years not making AYP)
• Continue School Choice
• Revise School Plan
• Offer Supplemental Services
Tier 3 of Consequences (4 years not making AYP)
• Continue School Choice
• Revise School Plan
• Continue Supplemental Services
• Institute Corrective Action
Tier 4 of Consequences (5 years not making AYP)
• Continue School Choice
• Revise School Plan
• Continue Supplemental Services
• Continue Corrective Action
• Write a Plan for Alternative Governance consistent with state law
Tier 5 of Consequences (6 years not making AYP)
• Continue School Choice
• Revise School Plan
• Continue Supplemental Services
• Continue Corrective Action
• Implement Alternative Governance consistent with state law

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