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Kentucky's report card is in; JCPS meets overall goal

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Test scores are in and Jefferson County Public Schools met the overall state goal for the first time with 75 schools meeting or exceeding the goal. According to the test results, JCPS is doing a better job of preparing students for college and careers.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released results for the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests as well as other assessments that make up the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model, implemented last year.  

JCPS increased its overall score from 50.8 in the 2011-2012 school year to 52.2 in 2012-2013, exceeding its objective of 51.8. The overall score is made up of multiple components, including achievement, growth, gap, college and career readiness and graduation rate. Seventy-five JCPS schools met or exceeded the objective, including 46 elementary schools, 9 middle schools and 20 high schools.

According to the scores, 51.2% of JCPS middle and high school students are deemed college and career ready, which is slightly below behind the overall Kentucky average of 54.1%. Under KDE's new formula, JCPS's graduation rate  is now 76.5%.

"We are pleased to see the gains made by the district, school, and individual students," said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS superintendent. "The Strategic Plan: Vision 2015 has guided our work and is producing results, and it will continue to be the foundation for our efforts to increase student achievement and reach our vision of all students graduating prepared."

JCPS's overall score still falls below the overall state average, but exceeded the state average in high school math. Gains were seen, particularly at the high school level, among its priority schools.

JCPS believes the improvements are driven by initiatives like Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which allows teachers to work together to analyze data and develop individualized instructions for students.

According to the KDE, student performance, college/career-readiness and the number of students graduating from high school are improving across the state.

The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. " We've raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right directions toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky students ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready," he said.

This is the second year the state has reported results from Kentucky's Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System.

For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Education's website.  

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