Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 7, 2012

East Carter High works on self-assessment

By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
Journal-Times

Nov. 7, 2012 — East Carter High School is gearing up for the state's two-year assessment.

Two years ago ECHS was labeled a “persistently low achieving school” but has been working diligently to improve test scores.

Every two years the state comes into PLA schools to monitor their progress. The schools are required to do a self-assessment in anticipation of the state visit.

“We need to see how we have been doing,” Roni Braun, assistant principal, told the Journal-Times. “We have to go through and figure out where we think we stand with the standards.”

Administrators, teachers, students and community members met during fall break to evaluate standards.

Once everything is evaluated, the school will send a narrative to the state to report its findings.

“In order for us to improve, all of the stakeholders in the process have to be involved,” Braun said.

Each student now has an “Individual Learning Plan” (ILP) which has to be met in order for the student to graduate.

But all stakeholders, parents, students, teachers, and community members, are part of the ILP.

Last week’s group gave stakeholder participation the lowest possible score, hoping for more outside involvement.

“We feel that we need more members of the community to participate,” Braun said. “All we can do is invite them to be here, and hopefully the students will see that community cares about them, and in turn they will care about the community.”

Students also came to the assessment workshop, which Braun said will help them build leadership skills and assists with the community involvement .

ECHS was labeled a PLA school due to low student test scores. The latest scores will be released to the public on Friday, Nov. 2.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.