JCPS superintendent Dr. Hargens: JCPS met its target, district grade improved

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Scores are in for Jefferson County Public Schools after Unbridled Learning Assessment results became public Friday.

JCPS superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens celebrated district score improvements following the midnight release of the Kentucky Department of Education administered test results.

"KDE sets the target and JCPS met its target," began Dr. Hargens. "That's great news. And 75 of our schools met their target, so we're excited about that."

While it's only the second year the testing model has been used, JCPS' overall score of 52.2 faired better than the 50.8 posted in 2012.

There is still room for the district to grow, however.

"We really have a huge focus on reading," said Dr. Hargens.

Testing shows just over 51 percent of JCPS middle and high school students are college ready. While that's below the state average of about 54 percent, Dr. Hargens said the figure is actually an improvement.

"Over two years, it's a 19.2 percent improvement rate," explained Dr. Hargens. "The Commonwealth has a 54 percent college and career readiness, so that's great improvement over two years."

Improvements have also been seen in the following JCPS schools identified by the state as under-performing: Fairdale, Fern Creek, Seneca, Southern, Waggener, Western Middle and High schools.

While just 31 of the 136 JCPS schools tested received proficient ratings, Dr. Hargens said that is better news than the numbers may suggest.

"Proficient in that regard means at the 70th percentile or above. So that's really a lot of schools that met that really high benchmark," explained Dr. Hargens. "31 schools are more than any other district has besides Jefferson County."

The overall score for JCPS, however, remained below the state average with the school district out-performing state numbers in only one area: math.

JCPS leaders are set to hold a press conference about the rankings at Fern Creek Elementary beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.

For a complete list of JCPS test results or to search other school districts throughout the state, click here http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/Default.aspx.

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