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Kentucky set to release test scores, school report cards Thursday

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Students take a math test at Waggener High School (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) Students take a math test at Waggener High School (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Test scores will be publicly released by the Kentucky Department of Education on Thursday, offering parents and community members a glimpse of how the state's schools are doing in academics and other areas.

Last year, the results showed that 96 of the 137 tested schools in Jefferson County Public Schools met their annual performance goal set by the state – up from 75 the previous year. But they also showed that only 43 of the district's schools achieved proficiency based on a combination of their students' academic scores and growth, achievement gaps, college readiness and graduation rates.

Among those in Jefferson County being watched closely are nine schools that have been among the lowest performing in Kentucky and may soon shed the stigmatizing label of "priority school."

The Academy @ Shawnee, Doss High, Fairdale High, Fern Creek High, Iroquois High, Southern High, Valley High, Waggener High and Western Middle have each met their annual goals for the last two years and were on track this spring to no longer be labeled a “persistently low-achieving” school.

Over the past five years, 18 schools in Jefferson County have been identified as priority schools for having chronically low test scores and during that time, the district has received more than $35 million in federal grant money to help turn them around.

Student performance in Kentucky has greatly improved from 2012 - the first year of the state's new accountability and testing system, called Unbridled Learning.

The testing system has five main components – achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness and graduation rate. Points from each of these areas are weighted and added together for an overall score and then ranked and placed into percentiles. 

District scores are ranked in order, while individual schools are ranked in order by level – elementary, middle and high.

In addition, schools and districts are classified as distinguished, proficient or needs improvement.

And while school and district testing information will be released Thursday, individual student test scores won't be mailed to parents until the end of October. 

WDRB News will have full coverage Thursday of state and local test scores, check our website starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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