FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - New test scores were released Friday for Kentucky schools, and many districts in eastern Kentucky have been labeled as "needs improvement."
This is a brand new assessment system that cannot be compared to previous years.
The standards are much higher this year than last year.
Schools and districts are now ranked against each other and given classifications of distinguished, proficient and needs improvement.
"The whole point of this model is continuous improvement. It's not about reaching a particular goal in a particular year. It's about always getting better," said Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Department of Education.
Around two-thirds of schools in the state have been labeled as "needs improvement."
Each school is given a score based off of five areas: achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness and graduation rates.
"There are lots of reasons a school or district will be labeled 'needs improvement,' but it does not mean that that district can't do better, and it doesn't mean that there aren't great things going on at that school or district," said Gross.
The Clay County School District found itself in that needs improvement category this year, but their superintendent now says they know where they need to improve.
"Obviously we are not where we need to be, but receiving this data today lets us look at where we need to go and the targets we need to meet," said Clay County Superintendent Reecia Samples.
She says they are already improving in some areas like graduation rates.
"As we adjust our instruction to meet those higher standards, I want parents to know that teachers will be working very hard to ensure that their child is college and career ready," said Samples.
Corbin Independent ranks the fifth highest scoring district in the state.
"We focus on common core standards. Our teachers have worked hard at implementing the common core. We are very much into assessment," said Corbin Independent Assistant Superintendent David Cox.
But, he adds the district did see more students this year score in the apprentice and novice levels due to the higher standard.
Overall, Corbin Independent officials say they were pleased with the scores.
Individual student scores will be sent out later this month.
The top five districts in our coverage area are Corbin Independent, Pikeville Independent, Science Hill Independent, Harlan Independent and Pulaski County Schools.
The bottom five districts are Clay County Schools, Magoffin County Schools, Breathitt County Schools, Knox County Schools and Perry County Schools.
There were also several individual schools across the region that received honors of highest performing school and school of distinction.
You can go to the link below to find scores for schools and districts.