New stats show mixed picture for Eastern Kentucky schools

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - New statistics paint a mixed picture of education in Eastern Kentucky.

State numbers show students in Appalachia outperform their peers in the rest of the state in some categories, but lag behind in others.

Students in Kentucky's Appalachian counties rank below the state average when it comes to college readiness, but high school graduates in the region had a higher grade point average in 2013, according to data released Monday by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

Statistics suggest 44.6 percent of Appalachian students are ready for college when they graduate high school, compared to a state average of 49.4 percent.

However, students in the region rank higher than the state average in mean grade point average for 2013 graduates, 2.92 to 2.88.

Leslie County students outpaced the state in college readiness - 57 percent to 49.4 percent - and G.P.A. - 3.03 to 2.88.

"We were identified a few years ago as being one of the lower performing schools in the state of Kentucky,' Leslie County schools superintendent Larry Sparks said. "With that came an urgency that we had much work to do."

Administrators at Leslie County High School keep detailed notebooks on each student, helping the students identify their strengths and weaknesses and what career paths they might want to take.

"We use data to inform our decisions," LCHS principal Kevin gay said. "That's been the biggest change within the last few years. We're looking at where kids are, providing interventions and mentoring or whatever we need to do for those kids to meet those benchmarks."

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