Insight on Education
By Dr. Janet L. Meeks
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” --Henry Ford
Results are in from last year’s state accountability testing system, and I am thrilled to report that our students gave their best performance ever. Overall, the Breckinridge County School District was classified as a Distinguished school district. While the goal has been for all students, schools, and school districts to reach proficiency, it has always been our goal to reach beyond that. In fact, the vision of our school district reads “Proficiency and Beyond.”
There are three classifications in the state accountability system, Unbridled Learning. Those classifications include Needs Improvement, Proficient, and Distinguished. Other labels/titles can be applied as well according to the overall performance of schools and school districts. The following is an overview of the Breckinridge County School District and each of its schools.
The Breckinridge County School District ranked 2nd out of the 43 school districts in the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. The school district ranked 12th in the state out of 173 school districts, and it was the 6th ranked county school district in the state. We had an overall score of 77.7 which was an increase of 6.4 points from the previous year. In order for a school district to be considered Distinguished, an overall score of 70.5 must be achieved. Therefore, not only did the district reach the cut score for Distinguished, it landed solidly in the highest classification.
Breckinridge County High School was once again classified as Distinguished. BCHS had an overall score of 79.3, their highest score on record. This was a 2.9 point increase from the previous year. Our high school has scored Distinguished for three of the past four years. BCHS has also been recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation, being named a Bronze School by US News & World Report for four consecutive years.
Breckinridge County Middle School was classified as Distinguished/Progressing with an overall score of 75.1 which was an increase of 7.4 points from the previous year. A Progressing classification indicates the school met all of its annual goals. Additionally, BCMS earned the special title of School of Distinction. This title is given to schools with overall scores that reach the 95th percentile of all middle school scores across the state, another outstanding accomplishment of which we are extremely proud.
Ben Johnson Elementary School was classified as Distinguished/Progressing with an overall score of 80.4 which was an increase of 9.9 points from the previous year. BJES also received the School of Distinction special recognition for reaching the 95th percentile of all elementary school scores in Kentucky.
Custer Elementary School was classified as Distinguished/Progressing with an overall score of 87.5 which was up 18.3 points from the previous year. CES received two additional titles; it has been named a School of Distinction and a High-Progress school. This means that not only did CES reach the 95th percentile of all elementary schools, they have also been recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent of school improvement across the state.
Hardinsburg Elementary School was classified as Proficient with an overall score of 72.0. HES was only .8 away from also being classified as Distinguished.
Irvington Elementary School was classified as Distinguished/Progressing with an overall score of 81.5 which was up 15.3 points from the previous year. IES received two additional titles; it has been named both a School of Distinction and a High-Progress school. Therefore, they, too, scored in the 95th percentile of Kentucky elementary schools and scored in the top 10 percent of school improvement.
As you can see, we have so much to celebrate as a community! These are our highest scores to date under the newest accountability system, and these are the most prestigious rewards and special recognitions our schools have ever received. Achievements at such high levels do not happen accidentally; this level of success stems from hardworking students, exceptional staff, supportive families, and a caring community. This is just another example of what can happen when we believe in and encourage one another.
Even as we celebrate, educators begin the process of examining the data and identifying areas upon which to improve. On Friday, September 30th, our staff utilized the districtwide training day to study the data, identify new areas in which to focus, and develop a strategic plan to address those areas. Our work continues as we strive to ensure every student graduates college and career ready. Once again, I would like to congratulate our students, staff, and our entire community. Very impressive!
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