JCPS recognized nationally for No Child Left Behind

Dr. Donna Hargens
Dr. Donna Hargens

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens was in Washington D.C. Friday to speak about how to achieve No Child Left Behind requirements. The system's Project Proficiency was the topic of a panel with the U.S. Department of Education.

It helped schools in Louisville achieve 100 percent proficiency in No Child Left Behind. One is Fern Creek High School. They say they analyze data to see what areas kids need to improve and implement that into lesson plans that focus on real life scenarios.

They say they also focus on the relationship with students and making sure teachers are working in groups so that those students have more options to achieve.

"They treat us like we're people. And, the way they teach things, because of the relationship they have with us, really enables students to accept what we're being taught. Not so much that it's being forced," says senior Ruth Gonzalez.

Dr. Hargens was joined by Western High School Principal David Mike and others from the system and the state. Their panel was moderated by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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