School board hears test results

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By Candis Carpenter

District Assessment Coordinator Amanda Reed presented the school board Monday with two separate reports. The first was on No Child Left Behind and the second on the 2011 State Assessment.
The No Child Left Behind report showed LaRue County Schools failed to make minimum improvement required of each school to show adequate yearly progress (AYP).
While the school system met 84.6 percent of its goals, federal law requires schools to meet 100 percent of their targets to show AYP.
Reed explained to the board that standards were higher than previous years and although “there were gains,” they were “not enough” to meet the goals required. Reed also said that several of the scores were impacted by “only one student.” “That’s why it is called No Child Left Behind” said Reed “because every child counts - and that’s the way it should be.”
Reed said the bar is being raised on NCLB goals and more school districts will likely not meet NCLB.
The 2011 State Assessment reported Abraham Lincoln Elementary ranking in the 40th percentile overall with increases in social studies and writing and decreases in math and science. ALES is not ahead of the state in any subject area but did meet the percent of proficient and distinguished in reading and math.
“We’re not satisfied with that ranking,” said ALES principal Amber Thurman “But we are working very hard towards improvement.”
Hodgenville Elementary was ahead of the state in Transition Index for reading, math and writing and met proficient and distinguished in those categories. HES ranked in the 48th percentile.
“Science and social studies are not good at all,” said HES principal Sue Osborne “We need to devote more time to that.”
LaRue County Middle School was ahead of the state in all content areas and also met proficient and distinguished in all content areas. LCMS ranked in the top 12 percent of middle schools across the state at 88th percentile.
“I think we have well rounded students,” said Principal Bob Bright. “We are very excited about our successes.”
LaRue County High School met Transitional Index in reading, math, science and writing and met proficient and distinguished in reading, math, science and social studies ranking in the 73rd percentile.
LCHS principal Paul Mullins said social studies and writing transition are the areas that need work.
“We didn’t make it (for NCLB) in math but were top three in math (when compared to surrounding districts)” said Mullins “I’m awfully proud of the work they’ve (the staff) done.”
Mullins said some strategies for improvement include using laptops for writing and reading across the curriculum, conducting interventions and using teacher project based lessons.
In other business, the board approved the recommendation to count quality core exams as 10 percent of the student’s grade for the course in 2011-12. The recommendation to revise language on grade reports was passed also.