The Logan County School District performed above the state average in all grade levels for last year’s assessment testing, according to the scores released on Friday and the district’s leadership is pleased that the schools are continuing their long history of success.

“We’re pleased with the scores,” superintendent Paul Mullins said. “It’s an indication of how hard our students and teachers work on a daily basis. We’re proud of that work and the results that we see through these test scores. Anytime you can score above state average in everything, that’s a good thing. We strive to do the right thing on a daily basis for our students. The assessment and the way we’re looking at it is changing and we understand that. But we want to look at this as an indication of how well have we served our students in Logan County. This shows us that we have served them well.”

Logan County schools tested above the state average for reading, mathematics, social studies and writing on-demand for all grade levels assessed. Writing, in particular, was especially high.

“I was very proud of that,” Mullins said.

The middle schools have seen consistent growth in the number of reading students scoring proficient and distinguished on the KPREP assessment.

“Auburn students did a great job on the recent state assessment; and we will continue to work hard as a school, as well as a school district, to continue to improve the education we provide to each of our students to prepare them for the future,” said Auburn principal David Ward. “We want our students to leave us ready for the ever changing and competitive world ahead of them.”

Elementary writing on-demand shows major increase, going from 38.7 percent of students in 2014 scoring proficient and distinguished to 54.5 percent of students scoring in the two highest categories.

“Both Adairville elementary and Adairville middle school continue the tradition of performing at high levels on the state assessments,” Adairville principal Kristina Rice said. “Adairville School is committed to excellent teaching and higher-levels of learning for each child. We know that if we provide a balanced education, we are developing students who will be successful not only academically but also emotionally and socially. We are very proud of the hard work of our students, staff, and parents, and we have a lot to celebrate with our recent state assessment results.”

Middle school language mechanics has jumped from 40.8 percent proficient/distinguished in 2014 to 57.3 percent proficient/distinguished in 2017.

“Lewisburg School is pleased with the recent scores,” said Lewisburg principal Josh Matthews. “Although, we understand there is more to education than a standardized test score, we are happy that our students continue to show improvement. We will never allow our school to be defined by a single test score, but we will utilize the test scores to strengthen our interventions and identify areas of growth. We are committed to continuing to provide our students with a high quality education that focuses on the whole child.”

The novice reduction gap has been a focus for all schools.

“We met our reading novice reduction goal for gap groups in Grades 3-8,” said Chandlers principal Robbie Davis. “We also met our math novice reduction goal for gap groups in Grades 6-8 and both elementary and middle school achievement scores improved, with middle school improving by nearly 10 points.”

All the schools have plenty to be proud about.

“We are very pleased with our students’ performance,” said Olmstead principal Bonnie Watson. “Olmstead continues to make positive trends toward proficiency.”

The high school, in particular, has plenty to be pleased with.

The ACT assessment was given to all juniors at Logan County High School. The students earned an increased score of 20.3, which was above the state average of 19.8. And the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for LCHS was 90.7.

“We have tremendous support from the entire community, and everyone should take pride in this accomplishment,” LCHS principal Caycee Spears said. “We are committed to providing access to the best education possible and helping all of our students reach their goals.”

The state of Kentucky is in the process of phasing out its old accountability system, and replacing it with a new accountability system created under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (2017). The new system is expected to be in place by the 2018-19 school year with accountability first reported in the 2019-20 school year.

As a result of the transition, this year’s release does not include overall accountability scores, classifications or rankings for schools and districts, although KDE will continue to support low-performing schools and districts during the transition period. Schools and districts have received data for components of Achievement, Gap, Growth (Elementary and Middle School), College/Career Ready, and Graduation Rate.

Logan County Schools will continue to focus on increasing the number of proficient while reducing the number of novice for each area, as well as increasing the performance of lower performing groups. Schools will use the state assessment data paired with the district assessment (STAR) data, classroom formative assessment data and non-academic data to create individualized plans for their students. Schools will also continue to focus on equipping their students with the “soft skills” needed to be ready for the world of post-secondary education and/or careers.

For more details, including the data broken down by student group, visit the School Report Card on the Kentucky Department of Education website. These electronic report cards provide a wealth of information about each school and district including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, parent involvement and more. State level data also is available.

The Logan County School District will send home individual student results in the coming weeks.