School districts get numerical scores from the KDE.
The Kentucky Department of Education last week released the annual district report cards. Some districts in West Kentucky have ample reason to rejoice. None need despair.
Scores are a compilation of bits of information on each school and district.
According to the Department website:
"Each year, School and District Report Cards are posted on the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE's) website. Not to be confused with student report cards, these Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more. The School and District Report Cards were established by statute, KRS 158.6453, and regulation, 703 KAR 5:140. Additionally, the Report Cards must incorporate the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act."
- Distinguished cut scores are 72.8 for Elementary, 70.2 for Middle, 75.4 for High and 70.5 for Districts.
- Proficient cut scores are 67.2 for Elementary, 65.8 for Middle, 70.2 for High and 66.2 for Districts.
- Needs Improvement schools/districts are those scoring below the Proficient cut scores.
- Progressing school/district has met its AMO, student participation rate for the all students group and each subgroup, and has met its graduation rate goal.
Alphabetically, here are the number scores for fourteen districts in far western Kentucky:
District 2015-2016 2015-2016 Class
Ballard County 69.5 75.0 Distinguished *
Calloway County 75.0 76.9 Distinguished *
Carlisle County 67.0 68.4 Proficient
Fulton County 64.9 70.0 Proficient
Fulton Ind. 65.4 66.4 Proficient
Graves County 79.0 75.2 Distinguished
Hickman County 75.1 68.2 Proficient
Livingston County 66.3 70.1 Proficient
Marshall County 72.7 66.2 Proficient
Mayfield Ind. 72.3 68.4 Proficient
McCracken County 76.2 71.7 Distinguished
Murray Ind. 78.7 85.6 Distinguished *
Paducah Ind. 63.5 67.7 Proficient
Trigg County 68.3 66.9 Proficient
Three districts, Ballard, Calloway and Murray Independent, are designated as "Schools of Distinction." That's about as good as it gets.
Parents can also see how their local school fared in the report by going to the website below. Reports on individual schools break out the factors that determine each school's final score. For those with no internet access, schools are required by law to print out the report for parents.
The report can be found at https://applications.education.ky.gov/src/Default.aspx