Paducah Public Schools show growth in test scores.
Wayne Walden, PR Officer Paducah Public Schools
Paducah Public Schools KPREP Data Shows Growth in Achievement and Gap Scores
Updated data moves PTHS to" Proficient" Category
KPREP scores in the areas of student achievement and non-duplicated group gap showed upward trends when compared to scores from 2011-12 and 2012-13 for Paducah Public Schools, but a decline in the area of growth had a negative impact on overall scores. PTHS and Clark were classified as "proficient" while Paducah Middle, McNabb, and Morgan were classified as "needs improvement" according to the 2013-14 KDE Report Card.
While the district's overall score decreased from 54.4 to 53.5, positive trends were seen in the areas of student achievement, which is based on overall student performance on state tests, and non-duplicated group gap, which is based on the percentage of proficient and distinguished scores of traditionally at-risk students: African-American, Hispanic, Native American, special education, low income, and limited English proficiency.
Paducah Tilghman High School showed positive trends in Achievement, Gap, College/Career Readiness, and Graduation Rate. While the KDE report card currently shows Tilghman as being in the "Needs Improvement" category, the late addition of additional students to the College and Career Readiness category will move PTHS into the "Proficient" category.
"The Kentucky Department of Education is reviewing the College/Career Readiness scores for two students at Paducah Tilghman High School. When the Department confirms these students are college ready, then KDE is very positive that Paducah Tilghman High School would be re-classified as a Proficient School," said Ken Draut, Associate Commissioner of Education, in the Office of Assessment of Accountability of the Kentucky Department of Education.
"We are seeing gains in achievement and gap scores as we focus on each and every student's achievement in short cycles," said Superintendent Donald Shively. "This helps us determine what they mastered and then reteach what they have not mastered. As we continue to personalize learning for every child we expect to see continued positive growth in our assessment scores."
"As you look across our district and see the increases in overall student achievement and specifically our minority and lower socioeconomic students, I am extremely proud that our teachers' hard work has paid off in the areas of achievement, gap, college/career ready and graduation rate," Shively said.