JCPS not meeting No Child Left Behind requirements

David Mike, Western High principal
David Mike, Western High principal
Dr. Donna Hargens
Dr. Donna Hargens

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - JCPS Superintendent Doctor Donna Hargens says they have a lot of work to do when it comes to test scores. The Kentucky Department of Education released their most recent results Tuesday. They found JCPS is not meeting the requirements set by No Child Left Behind.

It's mock trial time in Mrs. Welch's senior English class. Her students are part of the Early College program at Western High School. Part of the reason the school achieved 100 percent of their goals set with No Child Left Behind.

"It's a sense of pride," explains David Mike, Western High's principal. "Before you weren't cool to be smart, but now it's cool to be smart. Everyone is wanting to be in the college program everyone wants to be a part of it."

Western High is classified as a persistently low achieving school, but this year they boosted their scores in reading and math. Principal Mike said it's thanks to hard work, making sure everyone is on the same page, and incentives.

"We had a standards base," said Mike. "If they didn't meet the standard, we put their names on a wall. When you met a standard you got a dot. You got a piece of candy. That was a great tool for our kids."

It's likely Western will be used as an example for those schools who did not fare as well in the most recent numbers released from the Kentucky Department of Education. Overall Louisville high schools did well compared to the rest of the state, "however the State still out preformed us at the elementary and middle school levels in all five content areas," said Dr. Hargens.

That is why JCPS says they'll take the information given and use it as a guide to get those schools scores back up. Dr. Hargens said it's about making sure kids know what to expect on the standardized tests.

"That's what we're focused on is making sure every student moves forward, so if we do that then we should be successful within the accountability model," said Dr. Hargens.

While JCPS moves forward to help the struggling schools, Western students and teachers will celebrate, just for a short while, then get back to preparing for the next set of tests.

Dr. Hargens said one big area of improvement, elementary reading scores. She says in the last five years scores from third through sixth graders have not only not improved, this past year they went down.
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