(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Statewide test scores were released today for Kentucky school districts.
Some Eastern Kentucky districts ranked very high among their peers, but that was not the case for everyone.
It is the second year of a new testing system in the state called Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP), and some districts like Pikeville Independent Schools seem to be adjusting very well.
They ranked in the top 10 districts in the state.
"Our school district tries to continue to do what's best for the students and prepare them, regardless of the system or assessment measures that we use them to the students' benefit," said Pikeville Independent Schools Superintendent Jerry Green.
Others are still seeing room for improvement.
Blackberry Elementary School in Pike County ranked the lowest for elementary schools.
"It was a tough road. It was very difficult at first to make the adjustment simply from the lack of understanding of all the requirements within the new testing system and how one thing would impact another aspect of the test," said Pike County Schools Director of Instruction Sherri Heise.
Not all of Pike County's schools struggled this year though.
16 of 28 were classified as progressing, and 9 of 28 ranked as high progress.
"We are very excited with the growth that we saw last year, and we believe that we are seeing the path that we need to walk on," said Heise.
Both of the school districts say they are prepared to keep working to make their schools the best they can be.
A link to all the rankings is below.
Below is an excerpt from a news released issued by Kentucky's Department of Education in reference to the latest Kentucky School Report Cards that were released on Friday.
Click this link for the full release ---> http://education.ky.gov/comm/news/Documents/R%2013-092%20Unbridled%20Learning%20FINAL.pdf
Student performance, college/career-readiness and the number of students graduating from high school are improving, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.
“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky student and ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready,” he said.
Overall student performance showed improvement from 2012 with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in nearly every subject at every grade level; students in groups that have historically had achievement gaps are also performing at a higher level.