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October 8, 2013

Laurel County shows big gains on state report card

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Kentucky School Report Card is out and, for most Laurel County schools, it’s been a good year.  Most of the schools in the district showed over all gains in the second year of the state Department of Education’s “Unbridled Learning” assessment and accountability model.

The scores and information that were released on Friday, Sept. 27 help establish what students are expected to learn in each grade.

Nationally, the scores are called Common Core State Standards. They have been adopted by 46 states, including Kentucky; they are now called Kentucky Core Academic Standards.

Currently, the tests establish new academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Standards for other subjects such as science and social studies are under development.

Officials in Frankfort said the data showed students’ performance, college and career readiness, and the number of high school students graduating were increasing overall across the state.

Most schools in the Laurel County School District saw improved results. District-wide, Laurel County achieved an overall score of 58.7, placing them in the 75th percentile of districts in the state. This is up from 55.8 in 2012.

“The recently reported scores for the 2012 ‘Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All’ Kentucky state accountability model show gains in student achievement across the county,” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett.  “Laurel County School District has progressed from an average performing district in the state which was classified as ‘Needs Improvement’ to a ‘Proficient District.’”

Hunter Hills and Bush scored among the highest elementary schools in the state, earning the classification of distinguished/progressing. 

Hunter Hills Elementary achieved the 13th highest score and Bush Elementary scored 26th highest out of all 730 elementary schools in Kentucky.  As a result, Hunter Hills was rewarded with the High Progress School award.

 “We now have two elementary schools considered ‘schools of distinction’ by KDE,” Bennett said.  “A school of distinction is the highest possible classification for a school in the state accountability system.”

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