McCracken Co. Public Schools classified as Proficient under new accountability model | News
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - McCracken County Public Schools has been classified as a Proficient school district and ranks in the top 20 of all Kentucky districts according to the state's new Unbridled Learning accountability model.
As a district, McCracken County Public Schools ranks in the 89th percentile and in the top 10 percent of districts that serve students K-12.
The Kentucky Department of Education released data on Nov. 2 related to the status of Kentucky schools and districts under the new Kentucky Unbridled Learning accountability model. Based upon a percentile ranking, schools and districts were placed in one of three classifications: Distinguished (above 90th percentile), Proficient (70th to 89th percentile) and Needs Improvement (below 70th percentile). Schools and districts are also placed in rewards and assistance categories based on overall scores and other data. Components contributing to the overall scores for schools and districts include: Achievement, Gap, Growth (all levels), College/Career Readiness (middle and high school) and Graduation Rate (high school).
Concord Elementary, Reidland Elementary, Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, Heath Middle and Lone Oak Middle are classified as Distinguished schools.
Concord Elementary and Reidland Elementary schools achieved recognition as Schools of Distinction and Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, and Heath Middle achieved the the recognition of Highest Performing School.
Heath Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary, Reidland Middle, Heath High and Lone Oak High schools are classified as Proficient schools.
Farley Elementary and Reidland High are classified as Needs Improvement schools.
“We are very pleased with where we are as a district,” said Dr. Nancy Waldrop, superintendent. “We were one point shy of being a distinguished district, and we’re very proud of the teaching and learning in McCracken County Public Schools.”
Students in McCracken County averaged 10 percentage points higher than the state in the academic areas of achievement: reading, math, social studies, science and writing. The percentage of McCracken County students making typical or higher annual growth in reading and math at elementary, middle and high school levels exceeded the state average.
The focus of the Unbridled Learning Accountability model is college and career readiness. According to the recent data, middle school students in McCracken County exceeded the state average for college and career readiness in all content areas: English, reading, math and science. McCracken County high school students exceeded the state percentage of graduates considered college and career ready by 10 points. The ACT composite score average of all McCracken County 11th grade students places the district 20th among Kentucky’s 174 school districts.
In 2010, Kentucky adopted the Common Core State Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. These standards were implemented in the 2010-2011 school year and first tested in the spring of 2012. Students in grades 3-8 take K-PREP tests in reading, math, science, social studies and writing. Their performance is categorized as novice, apprentice, proficient or distinguished. High school students take K-PREP tests in writing and End-of-Course exams in English II, Algebra II, Biology and US History. Their performance is also categorized as novice, apprentice, proficient or distinguished.
McCracken County Public Schools continues a commitment to student improvement across the district with the goal of providing more opportunities for all students to succeed. For more details about the data for schools in McCracken County, visit the School Report Card on the Kentucky Department of Education’s website. The School Report Card provides information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety and parent involvement.
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