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October 8, 2013

Laurel County shows big gains on state report card



In response to the recently reported increase in scores, Tharon Hurley, chief academic officer of Laurel County Schools, was pleased with the improvement but planned to set higher educational goals for the district next year.

“I am very proud of our students’ and teachers’ accomplishments,” Hurley said.  “Any time one of the largest districts in the state can obtain positive growth such as this, there is reason to celebrate.  In this age of education, there are certainly higher expectations for students and much greater demands on our teachers and principals, but they have all worked very hard and the result is higher learning for our kids.  Our goal for next year is distinguished.”

Laurel County School District wasn’t the only local school district to see improvement this year.

East Bernstadt Independent Schools made a big overall gain as well.  The independent school district, which has classes from kindergarten to eighth grade, earned an overall score of 57.1, up from 46.5 in 2012. 

Additionally, they scored a 62nd percentile rank, which is considerably higher than last year’s 10th percentile.

Due to the significant improvements, the district was classified as a “Needs Improvement/Progressing” district.  They were also rewarded by the state as being known as a high progress district.

 Last year, the district was classified as a “Needs Improvement” district and was recognized as a “Focus District.”

More information on the Kentucky School Report Card can be found on the KDE’s website at

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