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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS Principals at some of the district's lowest performing schools get to keep their job.
The KDE found that the principals at schools with low performance scores do have the capacity to improve those schools so they will keep their jobs.
Several weeks ago, one of the top state educators called the district's efforts in turning around low performing schools academic genocide." But principals at some of the district's lowest performing schools will continue to lead their school's improvement efforts. That's because of a recent assessment by the Kentucky Department of Education.
According to JCPS, the KDE's audit teams found leaders in seven schools reviewed by the state have put new strategies in place that are creating a collaborative environment among teachers and are setting high expectations for teachers and students. Those schools include Doss, Fairdale, Iroquois, Southern, Seneca and Waggener High Schools and Knight Middle School. It is important to note that none of the seven principals were in place when the schools were declared low-performing a few years ago.
Recently, the Kentucky Education Commissioner said some of the district's low-performing schools haven't shown enough progress over the past three years. He even said the state may be forced to "take over" the lowest performing JCPS schools after this summer.
JCPS Superintendent Doctor Donna Hargens says the assessment reinforces that the strategies the district has put in place will increase student achievement.
The assessment team also pointed out areas of improvement for each school, including challenges and encouragement to improve efforts even more.