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CIS students see improvement in test scores, beat state averages

Calen McKinney

 

Campbellsville Independent Schools

 

Campbellsville Independent Schools’ students are continuing to increase their state test scores, with many of those scores being the highest in the region.

 

In scores from standardized tests taken last school year, CIS students are seeing their hard work in the classroom come to fruition.

 

And, in many testing areas, CIS students are scoring well above state averages.

 

The largest jump in scores comes in math and reading scores at Campbellsville Elementary School, where last year’s third-grade students scored exponentially better than those around the state.

 

Out of the 13 surrounding school districts, which encompass 35 elementary schools, CES has the highest percentage of students scoring proficient or distinguished in math and reading.

 

Results from the state’s testing system in the 2016-2017 school year were released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 28.

 

However, the results look very different than they have in the past.

 

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and a new accountability system, the Kentucky Department of Education is no longer identifying schools as they have in the past.

 

Schools are no longer given overall scores or labels, nor are they compared to other school districts and ranked according to score.

 

No science scores are being reported at the elementary and middle school level, along with language mechanics at the high school level.

 

The growth category, which refers to determining whether students are improving from year to year, has been eliminated at the high school level.

 

Also, not all scores from the 2016-2017 school year can be compared to previous years, because some components of them aren’t reported this year.

 

Results from the 2015-2016 state tests put CIS in the “distinguished/progressing” district.

 

Also, as a result of their scores from that year, Campbellsville Elementary School and Campbellsville High School were given the label School of Distinction, the highest honor.

 

According to results from the 2016-2017 school year, the trend of having high test scores is continuing at Campbellsville Independent Schools.

 

CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith said he is very pleased with the overall performance of his students and staff members, based on scores from 2016-2017.

 

“We continue to make academic improvements in many areas,” he said.

 

“We are above state average in several categories in each school, throughout the District, and well above state average in third-grade reading and math. Our third-grade students scored 31.8 percent higher than the state average in math and 20 percent in reading.

 

“The ACT scores at Campbellsville High School are once again among the top in the region with an overall composite of 19.8, which is the stage average.

 

“I am very proud of the gains the District is making and want to thank our students, parents, staff members and administrators for setting the bar high and challenging  our students daily to be the best.”

 

The results are printed below, by school.

 

Information about how CIS students compare to students in the surrounding region will be published in coming weeks.

 

Unbridled Learning

 

The state’s testing system, used for the last time in 2016-2017, is Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All, and is geared toward the goal that all students become college or career ready by the time they graduate high school.

 

Standardized tests in the Unbridled Learning system are known as Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress or K-PREP.

 

K-PREP exams test students' reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writing and language mechanics skills.

 

Performance on K-PREP tests is categorized as “Novice,” “Apprentice,” “Proficient” or “Distinguished.”

 

Scores come from several categories.

 

High schools are measured in gap, college and career readiness, graduation rate and achievement, which refers to K-PREP scores.

 

Elementary and middle schools are scored in the achievement, gap and growth categories.

 

The gap component compares test results of black, Hispanic, Native American, low-income, special education and limited English proficiency students to those students who don't fit into those categories.

 

In the growth category, student scores are measured to see if they improved from year to year.

 

College and career readiness scores tell how many students are ready for college or a career, based on test scores and other data.

 

The graduation rate reports how many students are able to graduate within the typical four years of high school courses.

 

Campbellsville Elementary School

 

The only students at CES who underwent state testing last year were third-graders.

 

However, state officials label students in preschool through fifth grade as elementary students. Scores for last year’s fourth- and fifth-grade students are included in the Campbellsville Middle School scores, which was where they attended school last year.

 

For future years, however, CES scores will pertain to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

 

Last year’s third-graders, in the achievement category, received 95.6 points. The students received 88.2 points in the gap category.

 

In the most impressive scores, 80.9 percent of third-grade students scored proficient or distinguished on the math exam. The state average is 49.1 percent.

 

The 80.9 percent is an increase from 63 percent in the 2015-2016 school year.

 

In reading, 74.5 percent of CES third-graders scored proficient or distinguished, with the state averaging 54.3 percent.

 

The 74.5 percent is an increase from 70 percent in the 2015-2016 school year.

 

CES Principal Elisha Rhodes said she wasn’t surprised to hear that CES students performed so well on their exams.

 

“As the new principal of Campbellsville Elementary I can honestly say the scores are no surprise,” Rhodes said.

 

“Anyone who walks the halls of CES can easily see that this building is full of teachers and staff who not only push students to their highest potential and love them along the way, but push themselves to superlative best and give their best daily.”

 

Rhodes said she beyond proud to lead the incredible group at CES.

 

“I have yet to arrive at school and be the first car in the parking lot. Nor have I left at late hours of the night and been the last vehicle pulling out.

 

“The effort and the drive that the teachers have, preschool to now fifth grade, pours over into the hearts and will of our students. That is when you see the success that CES has seen for the past two years.

 

“I am so very proud of the students and staff and look forward to continue growth as we work together to create a school everyone will yearn to attend.”

 

Rhodes said she and other staff members have been using state test score data, with disaggregation and blueprints to move forward in place at CES since August.

 

“It is our commitment to continually look at where we are and push forward to where we want to be in the future,” she said.

 

“We have taken time to celebrate our success with our staff, and we will also celebrate with our students, all while planning our next steps for improvement.

 

“At CES, we pride ourselves in continual growth both individually and as a school. I look forward to the great things to come in our future.”

 

Rhodes said it’s a privilege – and an honor – to be on the CES team.

 

“If you have not stopped in to see the great things happening, I strongly encourage you to do so. Come and see the learning, love and commitment of these young Eagles.”

 

Campbellsville Middle School

 

Last year’s fourth- and fifth-grade students at CMS received 61.9 points in the achievement category, 26.2 in the gap category and 38.4 in CCR.

 

Fifth-grade social studies students at CMS scored higher than the state average.

 

Of those students, 62.2 percent scored at the proficient or distinguished level, with the state average being 60. The 62.2 percent is an increase from 56.1 percent.

 

Fourth-grade language mechanics test results show that 56.5 percent of fourth-grade students scored at the proficient or distinguished level, which is higher than the state average of 55.6.

 

In the reading category, 44 percent of fourth- and fifth-grade students scored proficient or distinguished on the reading test, with the state average being 54.3.

 

In math, 28 percent of fourth- and fifth-graders scored proficient or distinguished. The state average was 49.1.

 

Last year’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students received 62.4 points in the achievement category, 23.9 points in the gap category and 57.9 points in growth.

 

In reading, 46.8 percent of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students scored at the proficient or distinguished level. The state average is 56.9.

 

In math, 38.2 percent of students scored proficient or distinguished, with the state average being 47.

 

CMS Principal Zach Lewis said reading and math scores among last year’s sixth-grade students not only saw an increase in the number of proficient and distinguished scores, but also a dramatic decrease in the number of novice scores.

 

Seventh-grade reading scores also saw a gain in proficient and distinguished test scores.

 

“We have been looking at the data since August to help guide teachers in creating individualized learning plans for each student,” he said.

 

“Staff, students, and parents will continue to work together and set goals this year for each student as we all work as a team to make sure our students reach proficiency.

 

“I am very blessed and thankful to be part of a school district that works together toward a common goal, seeing students succeed.”

 

Campbellsville High School

 

At CHS, students received 62.2 points in achievement, 58.2 points in gap, 90.2 points in CCR and a perfect 100 in graduation rate.

 

In End of Course exams, 40 percent of algebra 11 students scored proficient or distinguished, which is higher than the state average of 38.1 percent. It’s also an increase from 34.3 percent the previous year.

 

Biology EOC scores are also higher than the state average. At CHS, 48.1 percent of students tested at the proficient or distinguished level. The state average is 38.1 percent. The 48.1 percent is an increase from the previous year’s 43.5 percent.

 

In English, 48.1 percent of CHS students were proficient or distinguished. The state average is 55.8.

 

In U.S. history, 51.6 students at CHS scored proficient or distinguished. The state average is 57.5.

 

The most impressive scores at CHS are the results from last year’s juniors taking the ACT.

 

The overall composite score at CHS is 19.8, which is the same as the state average.

 

Scores for male students and students identifying as white are higher than the state average.

 

And, CHS students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch and gap students scored higher than the state average, at 18.4 and 18.5 percent, respectively. The state average for both categories is 18.1.

 

At CHS, 56.1 percent of students met the ACT reading benchmark. The state average is 53.2.

 

Scores for male students, those identifying as white, those who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch and gap students are also higher than state averages, when it comes to meeting reading benchmarks.

 

CHS Principal David Petett said his school saw another solid year of test results.

 

“Our biggest accomplishment was to see a continued rise in our ACT composite scores,” he said.

 

“We averaged a 19.8 composite, which was our highest average in school history, besting the prior year scores. We also saw gains on the EOC exams and were above state average in biology and algebra II.”

 

Another indicator of success at CHS, Petett said, is students took and passed a record number of Advanced Placement exams, and enrollment in AP classes this school year is at an all-time high.

 

“We began disaggregating data and reflecting upon last year’s results as soon as they were available,” Petett said.

 

“We will use this data to help drive decisions throughout this year and to address the areas of concern.

 

“Our staff and students continue to work hard to improve daily and strive to remain one of the best high schools in the region.”

 

To view the CIS report card, visit applications.education.ky.gov/SRC.





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