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With the release of the Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability data, Carter County Schools has been classified as a Distinguished and Progressing district and is now recognized as a District of Distinction in the state of Kentucky.

Of our 10 schools, 8 are classified as Proficient or Distinguished.

Carter City Elementary has made great strides over the past three years. In the 2014 release, the school was classified as Needs Improvement. They are now classified as a Distinguished and Progressing school and recognized as a School of Distinction and a High Progress school in the state.

Olive Hill and Star Elementary Schools have been classified as Distinguished schools and Prichard Elementary is classified as a Proficient school.

Both Heritage Elementary and Tygart Creek Elementary have been classified as Needs Improvement.

Both middle schools have shown improvement from last year’s Needs Improvement classification.

East Carter Middle School is now classified as Proficient and Progressing and West Carter Middle School is classified as Distinguished and Progressing. Additionally, West Carter Middle School is now recognized as a School of Distinction.

With the release of data, West Carter High School remains as a Distinguished, Progressing and High Performing school and East Carter High School remains as a Distinguished, Progressing and High Progress school and has also been recognized as a School of Distinction for the second year.

Dr. Dotson commented that, “While reviewing the success of our schools, we commend the tremendous amount of work and effort put forth by our employees and students. The district remains committed to ensuring that our students receive a quality education that meets the “Standard of Excellence.”

The district will continue to implement an intentional focus on improvement planning through a systematic process to increase student achievement.

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 – district or schools that fall in the 90th – 99th percentile

Proficient – districts or schools that fall in the 70th – 89th percentile

Needs Improvement – schools/districts falling outside of the Proficient or Distinguished categories (at or below the 69th percentile)

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.

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