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Parents preparing for school application period; Begins Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---At Saturday's elementary school showcase, parents had a lot of questions for potential schools they want their kids to attend.

"I've been checking out the schools in my cluster, talking to each one about their academic programs," says parent Leah Bosworth.

This year, schools are reminding parents about changes with the registration and application process for elementary students.

"This year was the first year that all of the application and registration process is online," says Bernadette Hamilton, the Director of the Optional, Magnet & Advance Programs.

Instead of waiting until February to register and apply, they can start several months sooner.

"I think anything that you can do to kinda ease that anxiety, get the information out to parents sooner rather than later," says Danielle Randle, the Principal of Semple Elementary School.

This comes just weeks after parents found out where schools stood under new testing guidelines.

Jacob, Semple, King, Roosevelt Perry, and Wheatley Elementary were all ranked as the lowest performing elementary schools in the district.

Semple's Principal says parents were asking about it at the showcase, but it wasn't a main concern.

She says they are taking steps to help parents understand the new testing, and to raise their scores.

"We are providing classes for our parents to get to know the new standards, taught by our students and our teachers, so that has been a really good way to open it up and get parents comfortable in knowing how the proficiency mark has changed so much," says Danielle Randle.

Parent Stephanie Williamson says, she does consider the test scores, but isn't going to let it be the determining factor for the school she chooses. 

"I'm one of those parents where I don't feel like test scores definitively depict how the school teaches and how the students learn at the school. As far as that's concerned I'm definitely willing to give that a try," says Stephanie Williamson.

In June, the school board approved a major change in how students are assigned.

Instead of six clusters, there are 13. Supporters believe it will help eliminate long bus rides.

Critics say it will eliminate choices for schools.

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