Last updated: October 01. 2013 4:20PM - 1997 Views
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A year of hard work and dedication has paid off for students, teachers and administrators at Grayson County Schools.
Last week’s release of the statewide Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability scores showed a breathtaking rise in the district’s ranking. The school district’s percentile ranking soared 40 points from last year’s 39th percentile to the 79th percentile, earning them a ‘proficient’ distinction.

“Our high school scores are simply outstanding,” said Superintendent Barry Anderson, “reflecting the transformation taking place to work toward college and career readiness.”

Grayson County High School received a score of 62.6, which is 2.2 points above the state average. In the categories of math and social studies, local high school students outscored the state average by 20.9 points and 3.1 points, respectively. In the categories of reading, science, writing and language mechanics, GCHS students fell below, but within approximately eight points of the state average scores.
“The middle school scores have risen tremendously,” Anderson said. “Moving from the 31st percentile to 62nd percentile is beyond the expectations that any of us could have thought possible in one years’ time.”
Grayson County Middle School students outscored the state average in reading, math, social studies and science, by 1.0, 0.5, 1.6 and 6.3 points, respectively. They fell just below in writing and language mechanics.
“H.W. Wilkey’s scores improved so much that it is now designated a high progress school,” Anderson said. The school was ranked in the 42nd percentile in the state.
Anderson continued on to say, “Caneyville and Clarkson’s scores show continued, steady growth to be where they always have been near the top of our district scores.” Caneyville Elementary School was placed in the 63rd percentile and Clarkson Elementary in the 66th.
The only school which did not see marked improvement in its ranking was Lawler Elementary, which was ranked in the 29th percentile. Anderson said, “I am completely confident that Lawler’s scores will bounce right back up to their traditional spot at or near the top of our school scores.”
Overall, students at the four elementary schools beat out the state average score in the areas of reading, science and language mechanics, and fell below state scores in math, social studies and writing.
The Unbridled Learning scoring system, which was implemented prior to last year’s testing, does not base its scores solely on how students perform on testing. Instead, scores come from a formula which includes five different categories: Achievement, Gap, Growth, College/Career-Readiness, and Graduation Rate.
District Assessment Coordinator for Grayson County Schools, Carla Purcell, said that the scoring process will change somewhat for next year, and will include “each district’s and each school’s whole program of work including arts and humanities, practical living, and world languages. They will be looking at ‘access and opportunity,’ or what is available to student through our programs.”
Anderson recommended that staffers “celebrate the school and district scores and then work to lift the level of accomplishment in our district to even higher ground.”

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