School districts see improved test results

By OJ Stapleton - [email protected]

Standardized test scores were released late last week and both local school districts have plenty to be happy about this year.

Logan County schools once again achieved the classification of “distinguished” after seeing the district’s overall score rise from 70.4 to 71.9.

“Those scores are the result of a lot of hard work from dedicated teachers, administrators and hard working students,” said Logan County superintendent Paul Mullins. “Anytime you have the test scores and results that Logan County schools are used to having, it’s a reflection on the parents and community working with the schools to help attain that success.”

Russellville Independent schools also saw their overall scores go up from 63.0 to 65.7.

“We’re pleased with those results, but we’re never satisfied,” said Russellville superintendent Leon Smith. “At the middle school, we were only half a point from being a distinguished school and Stevenson did go up considerably as well. Overall, our district had nice growth.”

Seven of Logan County’s 11 “schools” achieved the distinguished classification. The K-8 schools are classified as two schools with an elementary and middle school designation.

The highest scoring schools in the district were Olmstead elementary at 84.9 and Adairville middle school at 83.0.

Other distinguished schools included Auburn elementary (76.4), Auburn middle school (71.0), Lewisburg middle school (78.7), Olmstead middle school (80.8) and Logan County High School (76.7.)

Lewisburg middle school saw the biggest gains in the district. It rose from a score of 59.8 to 78.7 and was named a “high progress school” as one of the most improved schools in the entire state. Lewisburg also saw a significant gain in its elementary grades, going up from 64.9 to 71.0.

And while Logan County schools have plenty of success to celebrate, there is still more improvements to be made.

“There’s always work to do,” Mullins said. “Recently, I visited the schools and saw that teachers and administrators were examining the data to make determinations on how to tweak and make changes to their current practices to get even better results.”

In the Russellville district, the middle school went up from a 61.0 to a 69.7, missing the distinguished mark by just a half point. Stevenson Elementary also saw solid gains, going from a 59.1 to a 61.5.

“One of the areas the areas of focus for us has been reading and math and we are really seeing that paying off in grades 3-8,” Smith said. “We’ve had a big focus on literacy. We’ve implemented the Read 180 and System 44 reading programs that’s been a huge success and we believe we’ll see even more results next year from that.”

The results aren’t a surprise and have been earned through a lot of additional work on the part of staff, Smith added.

“All of our teachers are assigned to a guided planning coach,” Smith said. “Those coaches are meeting with the teachers regarding lesson plans and doing walkthroughs in their classrooms to help them be more efficient. Our focus is on giving support to our staff and we’re seeing that work in these test scores.”

By OJ Stapleton

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To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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