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KONZ | Four JCPS schools to learn results of state leadership audits Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four of Jefferson County's lowest performing schools will find out today the results of leadership assessments conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education earlier this year.

The reviews at Roosevelt-Perry Elementary, Byck Elementary, Moore Traditional School and the Academy @ Shawnee will determine whether more intervention is needed at the schools. In the past, some reviews have called for principals to be replaced.

State officials delivered the reports to Superintendent Donna Hargens and her staff on Monday afternoon. The state leadership assessments gauge school effectiveness, reviewing academic performance, learning environment and efficiency within each school.

Schools are placed in priority status as a result of a 2010 law that called for the Kentucky Department of Education to identify the state's lowest-performing schools and outline a range of interventions aimed at turning them around.

Over the past five years, 21 schools in Jefferson County have been identified as priority schools for having chronically low test scores. During that time, the district has received more than $38 million in federal grant money to help turn them around. Only two schools -- Waggener High and Fern Creek High -- have exited priority school status.

Under the law, the range of interventions the district can choose from include: replacing the principal and site-based decision-making council, replacing more than half the faculty, closing the school and transferring its students to higher-performing schools or restarting the schools under the management of a private or nonprofit operator.

In January, Stuart Middle principal Renee Bledsoe was found to no longer be able to lead the school after a state diagnostic review determined she does not have the capacity to continue the school's turnaround efforts.  

Roosevelt-Perry, Byck and Moore entered priority school status for the first time this academic year, while Shawnee has been a priority school since 2010 and has struggled with low student achievement for decades.

However, Shawnee has met its annual goals for the last two years and is on track to no longer be labeled a “persistently low-achieving” school, depending on how well students do on state tests in May.

Here is a look at 2014-15 test scores at the four schools:

  • Academy @ Shawnee: 15 percent were proficient in English, 25 percent were proficient in algebra, 20 percent in biology and 17 percent were profient in history
  • Byck Elementary: 26 percent were proficient in reading, 25 percent were proficient in math, 19 percent were proficient in writing
  • Moore Traditional Middle School: 35 percent were proficient in reading, 22 percent were proficient in math, 10 percent were proficient in writing
  • Roosevelt-Perry Elementary: 9 percent were proficient in reading, 12 percent in math and no students were proficient in writing.

Vinita Benboe was named Shawnee's new principal in August. She was previously the assistant principal of Moore Traditional School.

State officials delivered the reports to Superintendent Donna Hargens and her staff on Monday.

I will have more information about the reports on WDRB News at 6 and 10 p.m Monday and online at www.wdrb.com.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter. 

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