LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Department of Education released the school and district results of the 2015 round of state accountability measure just after midnight on Oct. 1.
The Kentucky assessment system is fairly complex, using multiple assessments, evaluations, and reviews, which are placed in a formula that assigns various weights to particular areas and results in a single number called the “overall score.”
Bullitt County Public Schools has increased its results based on this system each year and, for the third year in a row, has been designated as a proficient district.
Among the brightest pieces of news is the fact that all three high schools, Bullitt Central High School, Bullitt East High School, and North Bullitt High School have been designated as distinguished for the first time ever, and Bullitt East has been named a School of Distinction and is ranked as one of the top ten best-performing high schools in Kentucky.
“These results are continued evidence that Bullitt County is fulfilling its role as an emerging leader in Kentucky education and that our families and communities are being well served by our local schools," said Superintendent Keith Davis, "I knew when I became superintendent that with the right people in the right seats, this school system could be a powerhouse and it is great to see that idea becoming a reality.”
[SCORES: To see how your child's school fared, click on this link.]
Also scoring in the distinguished category were Eastside Middle School and Pleasant Grove Elementary School. This is the third year scoring Distinguished for Eastside Middle School, and the second year running for Pleasant Grove Elementary.
Eight of the district schools scored in the Proficient category. Seven elementaries: Freedom Elementary, Lebanon Junction Elementary, Maryville Elementary School, Mt. Washington Elementary School, Old Mill Elementary, Overdale Elementary School, Roby Elementary, and one middle, Bernheim Middle School, are all labeled Proficient.
In addition, five of those schools also have the label of Progressing, and Maryville Elementary School received the label of High Progress, meaning the scores at Maryville are among the top ten percent of improvement made in the state. Assessment scores indicate continued improvement in district-wide gap reduction and novice reduction, although district leaders acknowledge there is more work to be done in these areas.
“These improvements are not accidental, and they cannot be attributed to any single thing, but if I have to boil it down, it is because we have a rising culture of success across the board," Davis said. "Success breeds success and teachers and principals’ work in tandem to analyze student needs and organize their resources - the most important of which is time - to meet those needs."
"We are blessed from bottom to top with an extremely hardworking and dedicated staff that will do whatever it takes," Davis said. "Finally, and very importantly, our school board has supported our initiatives and provided sufficient resources to make necessary changes.”
Although pleased with the overall results, the district continues to identify areas where improvement is still needed.
Davis says traditionally, the district's middle schools have been strong performers on academic assessment.
This year's results show a decline in overall academic achievement in some of the middle schools, indicating the need for consistent and refined efforts for continuous improvement.
"With the goal of moving all students out of the novice category, the district leadership team intends to maintain focus on novice elimination over the next four years," Davis said. "The district will continue to focus on gap closure as well because it believes that all children deserve an opportunity for success. Although the graduation rate continues to improve, there are still students who are not successful in completing their academic programs on time, signifying the need to concentrate efforts on graduation for all students."
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades preschool through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 800 working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.
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