The Kentucky Department of Education released its annual school district report cards this week, which highlight test scores from the previous school year, and both the Logan County and Russellville Independent district have plenty to be happy about.
Logan County continued its tradition of excellence and was once again given the label as a distinguished school district, ranking in the top 97th percentile of all districts statewide.
“The results show that Logan County remains an outstanding school district,” said Logan County superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub said. “We are awfully proud of the work our students, teachers, staff and administrators have put in. These test scores are just a single indication of the many things we are doing very well.”
Russellville Independent saw marked improvement, going from the 18th to 36th percentile, thanks in large part to a huge increase in test scores at Stevenson Elementary.
“Stevenson had a significant gain,” Russellville superintendent Leon Smith said. “We are really proud of that. The staff worked extreme hard and we were excited to see the growth they made.”
Logan County’s biggest accomplishment for the past year occurred at the high school.
Logan County High School now ranks in the 95th percentile among all Kentucky high schools and was classified as a school of distinction. Last year Logan County High ranked in the 88th percentile.
“We had a pretty intentional focus at the high school to improve instruction leadership over the past year,” Hub said. “The teachers really bought into that. There was a tremendous change and there was a lot of effort into improving the high school scores and I think it showed.”
Olmstead and Auburn continued to lead the way among the counties elementary and middle schools with each one being classified as distinguished and ranking in among the top five percent of schools statewide.
Adairville middle school saw the highest overall ranking among county schools by placing in the 98th percentile and being named a school of distinction. But the elementary grades at Adairville saw a significant drop, going from the 83rd to 61st percentile.
Chandlers saw a similar trend with the middle school ranked in the 91st percentile and being classified as distinguished, while the elementary school rank was 67th.
Lewisburg saw its its elementary school improve. It is now ranked in the 61st percentile while the middle school is ranked in the 65th percentile.
At Russellville, Stevenson Elementary improved from one of the lowest ranked schools in the state in the 5th percentile to the 40th percentile – making it one of the biggest jumps of improvement in the state.
Smith said a strong effort from last year’s fifth graders made a big difference in the school test scores.
“That grade was stronger than they were in the past year,” Smith said. “Being ranked in the 40th percentile is the highest Stevenson has been since I have been here as superintendent.”
Both the middle and high schools also saw improvements.
Russellville middle improved from the 22nd to 24th percentile, while Russellville High School improved from the 53rd to 57th percentile.
“The middle and high didn’t go up as high as we were hoping, but they improved their overall rank,” Smith said. “I would be be dishonest if I said I didn’t want to see more growth.”
All the school test scores can be viewed on the Department of Education web site at www.education.ky.gov.
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