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Kentucky No Child Left Behind test scores decrease

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

No Child Left Behind test scores for Kentucky are in. As a state, the percentage of schools meeting all No Child Left Behind goals went down.

Here in the mountains the scores were mixed with some good and some bad.

As the scores came in, some schools like Carr Creek Elementary were left wondering what happened this year.

"We were disappointed with them. We didn't meet the goals set by No Child Left Behind," said Carr Creek Principal Dwight Creech.

Last year Carr Creek met 100% of the NCLB goals, and this year, they only met 30. Creech said he tracked his students achievement the same way last year that he does every year.

"Based on those assessments we felt like we would make it and make it with a little bit of margin to spare, and for what ever reason they did not match what we were expecting," said Creech.

Other schools were celebrating progress on Tuesday. Jenkins Independent saw improvements this year after only meeting three out of 10 NCLB goals last year.

"This year we met 7 out of 10," said Assistant Principal of Jenkins Independent Schools Gracie Maggard.

Even though the Jenkins Independent School District saw increases in their scores this year, they say they can still improve.

"We're not satisfied. We want even bigger gains for next year," said Maggard.

Maggard said the school spent 45 minutes for reading and math every day, and used every able body to pull their scores back up.

But as a state, only 42% schools made Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP.

"This is not unsurprising. People have been predicting this for years that it would get to the point where the majority of schools would not make AYP," said Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Board of Education.

Gross says contrary to past years, the middle and high school levels made greater gains over all on average than the elementary schools.

But, she says the declines over all just point to the flaws in the NCLB system .

Kentucky has applied to opt out of certain parts of no child left behind.

Lisa Gross says Kentucky has a new accountability model in place that goes more in depth than no child left behind.

To view the test results by county, visit https://applications.education.ky.gov/ktr/default.aspx.


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