For Immediate Release
Metcalfe County Responds to New State Assessment Results
EDMONTON, Ky. (October 1, 2019) – Metcalfe County, like every school district in the state, has received its state assessment and accountability results. The much-anticipated reports are part of a new system that provides a performance dashboard, multiple score points, and a new “star” rating system.
Under the new system, each school in the district obtained “2 Star” status. District Assessment Coordinator Josh Hurt states, “I assume like most every district in the state we are still trying to make sure we have an adequate understanding of the system and all the reporting functions. At the end of the day, we just want to make sure we have an accurate representation of our schools and students.”
The overall status is inclusive of proficiency, separate academic indicators, growth, graduation rate, and transition readiness. Hurt explained, “The overall achievement of individual students still carries the most weight, but the other indicators come in to play as well. On the surface, it seems a bit complex, but it doesn’t change the fact that our staff works diligently each and every day to meet the academic and emotional needs of all students.”
Superintendent Dr. Benny Lile voiced his thoughts on the new system. “In reality, any large scale assessment program runs up against certain limitations especially when coupled with a high stakes accountability system,” Dr. Lile said. “We will use this information to the best of our ability, but we will continue to administer the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) at our own expense in order to provide us real-time data with an accurate growth measure in order to guide our daily instructional decisions.”
Hurt pointed out some of the positive points of the reports. “The Metcalfe County High School (4yr cohort) Graduation Rate was significantly above the state average, which Commissioner Lewis noted is one of the highest state rates in the nation,” Hurt said. “Elementary School Growth numbers placed in the “High” category. Middle School Social Studies bucked the state trend of increased novice rates with a minuscule 2.9% novice rate. As we said, each school has produced results they can be proud of.”
Lile concluded by saying, “We have wonderful staff members and amazing students. This system could go away tomorrow, and we wouldn’t change one thing. Our people show up every day seeking new and better quality options and opportunities for students. That will never change.”
If you would like to review the state assessment and accountability results, just click here.