LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New test data released Thursday by the Kentucky Department of Education shows that Oldham County Schools continues to improve and rank among the top districts in the state.
Oldham County Schools is ranked 10th overall and is one of just 16 state districts rated as distinguished, the state’s highest rating.
The district is ranked in the 98th percentile statewide, according to the results from the spring assessments. This is the same percentile ranking held last year, although the district’s overall score improved by a half-point this year.
Eleven of the district’s 16 schools scored at the distinguished level this year, the same number as last year. Distinguished is the highest rank, awarded to those schools and districts in the top 10 percent of the state. Two schools were rated proficient and three schools were rated "needs improvement."
“Three schools had double-digit gains in overall ranking status among Kentucky schools — La Grange Elementary, North Oldham Middle and South Oldham Middle” said Leslie Robertson’s, the district’s director of academic support. “And our high schools continue to show outstanding success with all three schools ranked as distinguished and in the top 94th percentile."
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La Grange Elementary showed huge growth this year, Robertson said, gaining 2.5 points over last year’s overall score.
Meanwhile, North Oldham Middle School became the first school in the district to earn High Progress reward status. This means the school scored in the top 10 percent of growth when compared to other middle schools in the state.
“This is outstanding, especially considering their high ranking — in the 98th percentile,” Robertson said.
The school’s achievement, gap and growth scores all increased significantly in all areas.
At the high school level, all three high schools improved their overall scores and continue to be rated as distinguished schools. When compared to other high schools in the state, South Oldham High is the seventh-highest scoring school and North Oldham the 15th-highest.
Robertson noted that the students tested changes each year — so while you can compare scores from year-to-year, it is important to keep in mind those scores reflect individual students.
The K-PREP assessment in math and reading is administered to students in grades 3 through 8 each year, while only 5th and 8th graders take social studies and grades 4 and 6 take language mechanics. And, writing is only assessed in grades 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11. Also, grades 4 and 7 took the science test in the spring but those scores are not included in the accountability scores this year.
“We are focused on closing the gaps for students categorized in typically ‘underperforming' sub-groups” Robertson said, including free/reduced lunch, limited English proficiency, disabilities, African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.
Interim Superintendent Rick McHargue said the district has a lot to celebrate but still has work to do.
“These results show us specific areas where we need to improve so that each of our students can grow and be successful,” he said. “We have already begun working with individual schools to develop plans to improve those areas and ensure the learning of every child.”
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