Wayne County Schools received their latest 2018-19 accountability scores, receiving three star ratings for the district’s three levels – elementary, middle and high school.
Rather than relying just on traditional measures of only test scores, Kentucky’s new accountability system incorporates Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, Growth, Transition Readiness, and Graduation Rate. Each school level (elementary, middle and high school) was assigned an overall rating of one to five stars based on the overall score of combined school-level measures and indicators.
The overall ratings were as follows: high school scored 65.2, middle school was 60.9, and elementary scored 64. The elementary three star data placed Wayne County amongst 50 percent of the schools across the state. The middle school three star data placed Wayne County amongst 51 percent of schools statewide. The high school three star data placed Wayne County amongst 52 percent of schools statewide.
The elementary and middle school rating looks at student scores in reading, math, science, social studies, and writing, as well as student growth from year to year in reading and math. The high school rating includes student scores in reading, math, science and writing; as well as transition readiness and graduation rate.
One of the highlights of the report was that Wayne County Schools had no significant gaps in performance among subpopulations (including ethnic groups, ESL, or for instance disability vs. non-disability students).
The Wayne County High School continues to show strong transition readiness scores, which have been a strength districtwide. This shows that high school students have the ACT scores to take college courses or they have earned industry certification that gives them credentials to show they are well trained for the work force.
The Wayne County Middle School showed a high score in social studies and Monticello Elementary reflected growth in reading.
Reading has become a strength for the district after being focused upon the past several years. Now the district will begin striving for more improvement in the area of math.
Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman explained that math is a subject that is being looked at more closely. “We’ve received preliminary data in math test scores for the past six weeks. We have looked at our curriculum and believe it is strong, so we are pushing a reset to make sure we are doing what the curriculum designers say we should be doing. We want to know that the curriculum is being implemented correctly.”
The second phase of this project will be to establish a districtwide assessment system tracking math, similar to the successful improvements that have already been made in reading across the district.
These accountability ratings provide schools with valuable data to help guide them towards building a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement. Wayne County School educators go to extreme lengths to stimulate higher levels of student learning and achievement.