“We’re proud that we’re one of the few districts that made AYP,” said superintendent Marshall Kemp, “especially since the target keeps going up.”
When the reports came out, Logan County was reported to have made 12 out of 13 goals and administrators hoped there was a miscalculation. The district has made AYP almost every year.
Logan County administrators are also pleased with the rankings of the schools based on their CATS test scores.
Kemp said the district had the seventh highest test scores in the state and several local schools were among the top ten percent in their categories.
Of the elementary schools, Olmstead and Auburn scored very well, ranking 51st and 72nd respectively, out of 738 elementary schools in the state. The middle grades also did well at these two schools, with Auburn ranking 11th and Olmstead coming in at 36, out of 327 middle schools.
Auburn principal David Ward said he is very pleased with these scores.
“That puts us in the top three percent of all middle schools and it places our elementary school in the top ten percent,” Ward said.
Ward praised the faculty and staff at the school as well as the students.
“Auburn School has always been about the individual student,” Ward said. “And it’s the great teachers we have here that make this a great school.”
Olmstead principal Ben Kemplin said he too was pleased with his school’s performance.
“It shows that we’ve got a lot of teachers who are working real hard and the kids are working hard,” Kemplin said.
Kemplin said the staff at Olmstead focus on building relationships with the kids and they all work very well together.
Adairville School was also in the top performers in the state, with the middle ranking 13th and the elementary school ranking 139th.
Adairville principal Paul Sansom said he was proud of the students, teachers and staff.
“We have a veteran staff,” Sansom said, “and they take pride in their students’ success. And our students give their best during testing.”
Sansom said the district is good about providing the resources they need to help the students and that makes a big difference as well.
Kemp said they are also pleased with the ranking of the high school, 47th out of 231 high schools in the state.
“We’re really proud of that,” Kemp said.
While school leaders are proud of these current results and rankings, they know they cannot rest on their laurels. When it comes to NCLB, the bar is raised each year, so in order to reach AYP, scores must be even higher next year.
Teachers and administrators will examine the scores, look for places where improvement is needed and go from there.