OCS Scores Well on State Tests

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By Kenny Colston

Recently realeased data shows the majority of Oldham County Schools have once again scored well above the average on state testing.

The district as a whole scored in the 96th percentile, ranking as distinguished, the top ranking the state gives.  District superintendent Will Wells said he was proud of the overall work of the county.

“We are very excited in Oldham County to remain in the top tier of districts on KPREP,” Wells said in a statement. “We are the top-scoring large county district, which is an honor and testament to the hard work of our teachers, staff and students. We remain in the top 4 percent of districts statewide and are proud to be in such great company.”

All three high schools scored at the 96th percentile or above, with North and South Oldham high schools ranking in the top 10 high schools statewide.  All three received distinguished scores.

At the middle school level, all four schools ranked proficient, scoring between the top 73rd to 87th percentile statewide. East Oldham Middle ranked the highest at 87th percent.

The district’s elementary schools saw the biggest range of scores. The highest scoring were Goshen, Harmony and Buckner elementary schools, each scoring above the 90th percentile and receiving distinguished scores.
Kenwood Station, Locust Grove, Camden Station and Liberty all received proficient scores, while La Grange, Crestwood and Centerfield were ranked as needing improvement.

La Grange and Centerfield were especially low, ranking in the 30th and 37th percentile respectively.

Wells said he was glad the district could get three schools in the needs improvement category last year into the proficient category this year.

“Out of our 17 schools, 14 earned proficient or distinguished classification. Only three schools scored in the “needs improvement” category, which encompasses the bottom 70 percent of schools across the state,” Wells said in a statement. “Last year we had six schools in the needs improvement category, so this is a great step forward.”

The district’s most improved schools were SOHS (7.8 points higher than last year), Liberty Elementary (6.1 points higher), Kenwood Station (4.8 points higher) and OCMS (3.6 points higher).

On a statewide level, scores also were improving, state officials said.

“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky student and ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready.”

 Overall student performance showed improvement from 2012 with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in nearly every subject at every grade level.

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