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Campbellsville, Taylor County schools receive mixed results from testing

By Zac Oakes

The 2017-2018 school year is in full swing, as students and teachers are receiving their first big break of the year with both school districts on fall break.

However, both the Campbellsville Independent School District and the Taylor County School District received their report cards from the Kentucky Department of Education this week.

The report cards are released annually to each school district across the state that provides school administrators, teachers, and students with information about how they fared in state testing last year.

The results were released Sept. 28 for viewing by the public through the Kentucky Department of Education’s website, but the results look a little different to those who are familiar with results from prior years.

The Every Student Succeeds Act and a new accountability system removes the labels that are given to schools and no longer provides overall scores.

The state uses a testing system called K-PREP, which stands for Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, and measures students in subject matters of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, language mechanic skills, and writing.

The scoring in those categories is broken down into four levels, beginning with the lowest level of “novice”, then “apprentice”, then “proficient”, and the highest level being “distinguished.”

The K-Prep scores make up the “achievement” score for elementary, middle, and high schools. High schools are also measured in college and career readiness, graduation rate, and gap. Elementary and middle schools are measured in achievement, gap, and growth categories.

Gap refers to the comparison of test results between students who are identified as black, Native American, Hispanic, low-income, special education, and limited English proficiency to those who do not fit into those aforementioned categories.

Some of the highlights from each school can be found below.

It should be noted that the results are derived from the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Campbellsville Elementary School

One of the most notable highlights of Campbellsville Elementary School’s report card is the K-PREP math score. The report shows 80.9 percent of CES students tested scoring proficient or distinguished in the math section, well above the state average of 49.1 percent.

The 80.9 percent represents a major jump from the school’s 2015-2016 score, which was 63 percent.

CES students also performed well above the state average in the reading section as well, with 74.5 percent scoring proficient or distinguished compared to the state average of 54.3. Nearly half of CES students scored distinguished in reading (43.6 percent), which is significantly higher than the 17.1 percent state average.

Third-graders at CES were the only group tested for these results. Fourth and fifth graders were placed with the CMS scores. However, in future years, fourth and fifth grade students will be scored with CES.

Elisha Rhodes is the principal at Campbellsville Elementary School. The school has an enrollment of 390 students.

 

Taylor County Intermediate School

Taylor County Intermediate School students scored better than the state average in each subject matter, except one.

The most notable result from Taylor County Intermediate School’s results were the writing scores. TCIS students outperformed state averages in writing scores by nearly 13 percent, with 58.8 percent of those students receiving proficient or distinguished scores compared to the state average of 45.9 percent.

TCIS students also outperformed state averages in social studies, with 70.9 percent of students scoring proficient or distinguished. The state average is 60 percent.

In math, 56.4 percent of students at TCIS received proficient or distinguished scores. The state average was 49.1 percent.

In reading, 60.6 percent of TCIS students scored proficient or distinguished, while the state average was 54.3 percent.

The only category in which TCIS students did not exceed the state average was in language mechanics, where they fell short by 1.5 percent. The state average was 55.6 percent, while 54.1 percent of TCIS students recorded proficient or distinguished scores.

Donna Williams is the principal at Taylor County Intermediate School. The school has an enrollment of 572 students.

 

Campbellsville Middle School

Fifth-grade social studies students at CMS last year outperformed the state average in terms of proficient and distinguished scores. The state average was 60 percent of students scoring proficient or distinguished, while 62 percent of CMS fifth graders scored proficient or distinguished.

Fourth-graders at CMS also outperformed state averages in language mechanics, with 56.5 percent of those students scoring proficient or distinguished compared to the state average of 55.6 percent.

In writing, 31.1 percent of fifth graders at CMS scored proficient or distinguished. The state average was 45.9. For eighth grade students, 32.9 percent recorded proficient or distinguished scores, with the state average being 37.2 percent.

In math, 28 percent of fourth and fifth grade students scored proficient or distinguished. The state average was 49.1 percent. For sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, 38.2 percent received those scores, with the state average being 47 percent.

Among notable improvements were seventh grade reading scores, which saw an increase in proficient and distinguished scores, as well as improvements in math and reading scores for sixth graders.

Zachary Lewis is the principal at Campbellsville Middle School. The school has an enrollment of 392 students.

 

Taylor County Middle School

The most notable scores from Taylor County Middle School come from the K-PREP writing section.

TCMS students exceeded the state average of proficient or distinguished scores by 11.4 percent, with 48.6 percent of TCMS students receiving proficient or distinguished scores compared to the state average of 37.2.

This was the only category in which TCMS students exceeded the state average in terms of proficient or distinguished scores. However, in most of the categories, TCMS students were close to the state average.

In language mechanics, 47.3 of TCMS students scored proficient or distinguished compared to the state average of 48 percent.

In reading, 56.5 percent of TCMS students scored proficient or distinguished, just shy of the state average of 56.9.

In math, 37.5 percent of TCMS students scored proficient or distinguished. The state average was 47 percent. A high percentage of TCMS students scored proficient (32.6 percent), but only 4.9 percent reached distinguished.

In social studies, 54.7 percent of TCMS students scored proficient or distinguished. The state average was 60.5 percent.

Danita Johnson is the principal at Taylor County Middle School. The school has an enrollment of 630 students.

 

Campbellsville High School

Campbellsville High School juniors recorded composite ACT scores even with the state average.

The average CHS composite ACT score for last year’s juniors was 19.8, the same as the state average.

Students fared better than state averages in math and science scores, were even in reading, and slightly lower in English.

The report shows that CHS scored a 69.6 on the college and career readiness percent report, which is higher than the state average of 65.1.

On the Advance Placement exams, 21 of the 148 exams taken earned a score of three or above, meaning that the student can earn college credit.

In a release from the district, CHS Principal David Petett said that more students are taking AP classes and passing exams than at any time in the school’s history. He also said that the average composite ACT score for CHS students is the highest it has ever been.

On the K-PREP End of Course exams, CHS students outperformed state averages for proficient and distinguished scores in Biology and Algebra, while falling short in English and U.S. History.

The highest number for students earning proficient or distinguished scores was in U.S. History, where 51.6 percent of students recorded the scores. The state average is 57.5.

Forty percent of CHS students earned proficient or distinguished scores on the Algebra II EOC exam, with the state average being 38.1 percent. 

The school has an enrollment of 295 students.

 

Taylor County High School

Juniors at Taylor County High School have composite ACT scores nearly on par with the state average.

TCHS juniors averaged a composite score of 19.7, just shy of the state composite average of 19.8. TCHS students fared better than state averages in Science and English categories, but were lower in math and reading.

The report shows that TCHS students scored a 66.1 on the college and career readiness percentage report, which was slightly higher than the state average of 65.1.

On the Advanced Placement Exams, 46.89 percent of the exams taken earned a score of 3-5. Students earning a score three or above may qualify for college credit.

For the on-demand writing portion of K-PREP testing, 64.3 percent of TCHS students earned proficient or distinguished scores, which was higher than the state average of 58.5 percent.

On the K-PREP End of Course exams, TCHS students scored slightly-below state averages in terms of proficient and distinguished scores in the four subject categories of English, Algebra, Biology, and U.S. History.

Laura Benningfield is the principal at Taylor County High School. The school has an enrollment of 843 students.

 

The full report cards can be found online at http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/