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Grayson County Schools See Significant Testing Improvement



GRAYSON COUNTY SCHOOLS SEE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT
IN SECOND YEAR OF UNBRIDLED LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
(LEITCHFIELD, Ky.) -- Results are in from the second year of Unbridled Learning and Grayson County Schools has plenty of reasons to celebrate. “I know we’re going to see changes next year,” said Superintendent Barry Anderson, when last fall the district found itself ranked in the 39th percentile. What a difference a year has made. 
 
The district saw its standing skyrocket to the 79th percentile in the current year’s standing – a jump of 40 points. Overall student performance showed marked improvement, with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in nearly every subject at every grade level and, in many cases, dramatically surpassing state averages. 
 
 
DISTRICT AND SCHOOL OVERVIEW/2012 COMPARISON
 
   
2013
 
Score
 
State Average
 
Percentile Rank
     
   
District
 
59.3
 
57.3
 
79
     
   
Elementaries
 
58.4
 
57.6
       
   
Middle School
 
57.0
 
54.9
       
   
High School
 
62.6
 
59.5
       
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
2012
 
Score
 
Percentile Rank
  Caneyville Elementary  
61.1
   
63
   
57.7
 
50
  Clarkson Elementary  
61.8
   
66
   
59.9
 
59
  Lawler Elementary  
52
   
29
   
59.8
 
58
  Wilkey Elementary  
55.9
   
42
   
46.5
 
13
  GC Middle School  
57
   
62
   
49.3
 
31
  GC High School  
62.6
   
85
   
54.8
 
52
               
 
The High School in particular made a dramatic leap from Needs Improvement to Proficient, finding itself ranked in the 85th percentile– an amazing feat, and major accomplishment.  “It shows we’re moving in the right direction,” said District Assessment Coordinator Carla Purcell.  In addition, the school’s social studies scores were high, and math scores were 20 points higher than the statewide average for all high schools.
 
 
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Page 2 – District Unbridled Learning
 
 
Purcell attributes the across-the-board turnaround to the efforts of staff and students alike. “Our teachers worked tirelessly to learn and then implement the new standards. Now they get to enjoy the fruits of their labors. And our students have been working so hard to meet the more rigorous standards now in place. They’ve all come a long way and I’m really proud of them.”
Kentucky’s accountability system includes multiple measures of student performance on tests, readiness for college or career, and graduation rates.  In 2012-13, five components contribute points to the overall score; each is weighted.
Achievement encompasses testing of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writing, and language mechanics.
The Gap score measures performance of students in traditionally underperforming groups (minorities, special education, poverty and limited English).
 
Growth compares individual students’ scores in reading and mathematics to academic peers to determine if typical or higher levels of growth have occurred.
 
College/Career-Readiness is a measure of students who have successfully met specified indicators of readiness for college and/or careers.
 
Graduation Rate reflects the percentage of on-time graduates as measured by a four-year Adjusted Cohort calculation, a new and more accurate federally mandated formula.
 
 
OVERALL AND COMPONENT POINT SCORES
 
  Achievement Gap Growth College/Career Readiness Graduation Rate TOTAL
 
Elementary
 
71.0
 
46.1
 
58.3
     
58.4
 
Middle School
 
70.4
 
46.3
 
63.5
 
40.7
   
57
 
High School
 
63.9
 
40.6
 
62.7
 
53.1
 
 92.9
 
62.6
 
District Average
           
 
59.3
 
Varying weights are given to each category at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Scores for elementary schools are 30 percent Achievement, 30 percent Gap and a larger 40 percent Growth.
Middle school scores are made up of 28 percent Achievement, 28 percent Gap, 28 percent Growth, and 16 percent College/Career Readiness.
All five categories apply to high school scoring with each contributing 20 percent to the school’s overall score.
 
While pleased with the overall results, Purcell cautioned that each year of Unbridled Learning presents a new phase of scoring to be considered. “Right now test scores are the primary focus. Next year program reviews will be added to address each district’s and each school’s whole program of work including arts & humanities, practical living, and world languages.  They will be looking at “access and opportunity”, or what is available to students through our programs.”
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Page 3 – District Unbridled Learning
 
Last year Anderson said the district would “look more in-depth, even down to each individual student,” adding that the most important thing that administrators and teachers could do would be to focus on individual students and build relationships.
Starting the 2013-14 school year, the district adopted the theme “Every Child, Every Day”, as a reminder of this philosophy, its necessity in getting each student to the best place they can possibly be, and in getting them all college and career ready. 
While the 2013 results are certainly something for Grayson County Schools to celebrate, the district won’t be content to rest on its laurels. “Now we need to figure out how improve for next year and move from proficient to distinguished,” said Anderson.
Parents will be receiving their child/children’s individual test results soon. In the meantime, district and school results can be viewed at www.education.ky.gov.
 
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GRAYSON COUNTY NextGen LEARNERS ACHIEVEMENT SCORES
 
Elementary District Score State Score Proficient/Distinguished District Proficient/Distinguished
State
Reading 66.3 61.2 52.8 47.8
Math 61.1 61.7 41.2 43.9
Science 98.3 90.7 76.8 68.5
Social Studies 72.7 76.7 54.5 59.3
Writing 50.2 58.4 27.3 35.7
Language Mechanics 81.4 68 63.1 53.7
         
Middle School        
Reading 64.1 63.1 50.3 51.1
Math 62.5 62.0 40.3 40.7
Science 86.5 80.2 67.6 61.2
Social Studies 78.4 76.8 60.1 59.2
Writing 61.6 65.1 36.8 43.4
Language Mechanics 55.2 55.4 42.3 43.8
         
High School        
Reading 59.2 61.0 54.1 55.8
Math 76.5 55.6 54.3 36.0
Science 54.8 58.1 32.4 36.3
Social Studies 62.9 59.8 54.7 51.3
Writing 67.2 68.9 45.6 48.2
Language Mechanics 60.9 69.0 43.9 51.4
 
 
 
 
 
 

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