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October 8, 2013

Laurel County shows big gains on state report card

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Three schools — Sublimity Elementary, Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary and Johnson Elementary — got “Proficient/Progressing” classifications due to their increase in overall scores.

Cold Hill Elementary’s overall score decreased this year but they maintained their proficient classification.

Additionally, overall scores went up at Colony, Hazel Green, Keavy and London elementary schools this year.  Due to the increase in scores, those schools received the state designation of “Needs Improvement/Progressing.”

Camp Ground Elementary, a “Proficient” classified school in 2012, received a downgrade in their classification, moving them to the “Needs Improvement” category.

North Laurel and South Laurel middle and high schools maintained their 2012 “Needs Improvement” performance classifications. 

North Laurel High School’s overall score showed the largest gain in the district at 56 — a near seven-point increase, raising their state percentile from 23 to 58. 

South Laurel High School showed similar improvement with their overall scores increasing to 55.5, placing them in the 57th percentile across the state.

North Laurel Middle School showed small improvements with their overall score increasing 0.7 points, placing them in the 52nd percentile across the state.

Despite seeing a 0.1 point decrease in their overall score, South Laurel Middle School maintained their position in the 57th percentile of schools across the state.

According to Bennett, each middle school produced gains in the achievement (percentage of students scoring proficient and distinguished) and gap (percentage of disabled and low-income students scoring proficient and distinguished) portions of the accountability model while showing slight drops in the growth and college/career readiness portions.

“The overall results speak well of our highly skilled team of professionals throughout the district who care about kids,” Bennett said.  “The support of our Board of Education, staff, parents, community and the hard work of our students is reflected in this progress.  Although we still have much to do and a long way to go, we are certainly pleased with the results.”

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