LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New test scores released early Friday from the state are shedding light on how are schools are doing. Kentucky schools were tested under a new program called Common Core. In addition to testing academic skills needed for higher learning and in the real world, it also measures critical thinking skills.
It is not a surprise that the results show the Jefferson County Public Schools need improvement on the whole, but there's lots of good to report too.
DuPont Manual ranks the second best high school in the state. Jefferson Country Traditional is Louisville's top middle school, while Greathouse/Shryock Traditional and Brandeis were both ranked as the best elementary schools in the Commonwealth.
On the flip side, the Academy at Shawnee actually ranked the lowest summary score in the state at 27.9. According to the ranking, five Jefferson County Public Schools were in the 10 worst. Those included the Academy at Shawnee and Valley Traditional High, Frost and Stuart middle Schools and Jacob Elementary..
Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS superintendent, said the district is not satisfied in any sense by the scores.
"We know that we have lots of work to do," said Hargens. "But this is data that can reform the work and the interventions that will help our students do better."
Several counties outside of Louisville will probably be happy with their scores. Both Oldham and Meade counties finished as distinguished school districts. That means they tested higher than 90 percent of other Kentucky schools.
Oldham County scored in the 96th percentile, with 11 of its 17 schools ranking as proficient or distinguished.
To be ranked as proficient a school or district must have tested above the 70th percentile. Schools and districts below the 70th percentile are ranked as needing improvement. Those included Hardin County Schools which tested in the 66th percentile with 6 of 20 proficient schools.
Among other schools in WAVE Country:
Elizabethtown independent schools also scored proficient.
Shelby County Schools ranked in the 56th percentile with 4 of 12 schools rated as proficient.
Bullitt County Schools were in the 51st percentile with 8 of 22 scoring proficient.
Nelson County Schools were in the 45th percentile.
Other school districts that tested as proficient were Breckinridge County, LaRue County, Spencer County and Taylor County.
Every other county district in the WAVE 3 viewing area scored below the 70th percentile, meaning they're ranked as needed improvement.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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