Sept. 27, 2013 —
The Carter County School District has been designated as a Proficient district with Friday's release of the 2013 Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability data.
Carter performed among the top two districts in the region and is in the top 16 percent in the state, outperforming 84 percent of other districts.
Aiding in the district’s vision to become “The Standard of Excellence,” several schools earned the Proficient designation and one earned Distinguished status.
East Carter High School’s scores fell in the top six percent of high schools in the state, outperforming 94 percent of other schools. Their performance earned the school a Distinguished designation and East Carter was the second highest scoring high school in the region.
Being the highest performing middle school in the region, East Carter Middle School performed in the top 13 percent, outperforming 87 percent of middle schools in the state. East Carter Middle School earned a Proficient designation.
Additional schools that were designated as Proficient include West Carter High School, scoring in the 84th percentile; West Carter Middle School, scoring in the 71st percentile; and Star Elementary, scoring in the 84th percentile.
According to assessment results, overall district scores are ranked in order and overall school scores are ranked in order by level – elementary, middle, and high. Based on where they fall in the state order, schools and districts will fall into one of three main classifications:
Distinguished – the top 10 percent of district or schools from a particular level (90th percentile)
Proficient – in the top 30 percent of districts or schools from a particular level (70th percentile)
Needs Improvement – schools/districts falling outside of the Proficient or Distinguished categories (at or below the 69th percentile)
Schools that still need improvement within the district are Carter Elementary School (65th percentile), Heritage Elementary (26th percentile), Olive Hill Elementary (26th percentile), Prichard Elementary (63rd percentile), and Upper Tygart Elementary (52nd percentile).
“While some schools were more successful in terms of assessment results, we cannot dismiss the tremendous amount of work and effort put forth by all employees in our quest to become 'The Standard of Excellence'” Supt. Ronnie Dotson said. “Certainly, we want to celebrate the success that is evident in our district, but we must consider where we go from here.”
The district has implemented an intentional focus on improvement planning through a systematic process to increase student achievement. To ensure sustainability and continued improvement, district and school administrators will continue to:
Provide instructors with specifically targeted professional learning opportunities to ensure they are implementing effective instructional practices.
Ensure that common assessments are being implemented, monitored and analyzed to target individual student needs.
Continue implementation of a cohesive plan to meet the needs of students to ensure College and Career Readiness.
Continue coordination and facilitation of meetings between the Career and Technical Center and East and West Carter High Schools to provide time for cross-checking of transcripts and pathway enrollments.
Continue implementation of the Response to Intervention system that has been refined to include components that provide specific guidelines to assist teachers in developing targeted and intentional plans that will address growth among all levels.
Focus on high expectations, goal setting, and collaboration among all teachers.
The Unbridled Learning assessment and accountability system is designed to provide in-depth information about the performance of students, schools, districts and the state as a whole. The system has five main components: achievement (how students perform on state tests), gap (how students who traditionally under-perform compared to their peers are progressing), growth (how all students are making progress), College/Career Readiness (how well schools and districts are preparing students for life after high school), and graduation rate (how many students are graduating on time.)
Points from these areas are weighted and added together for an overall score, then rank-ordered and placed into percentiles. A school’s or district’s percentile ranking will determine its overall category.
Complete data for the entire district and for individual schools may be accessed online from the Kentucky Department of Education. (www.kentucky.ky.gov)