Barren County Schools Celebrate Transition Readiness on State Assessment Results for 2018 – Demonstrates District’s Vision of “BeCome Life Ready”

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Barren County Schools, focused on a vision for each student to “BeCome Life Ready,” is celebrating student performance with our community as vision becomes reality.  With input from community stakeholders, Barren County Schools created a Profile of a Trojan, with emphasis on skills needed to create a successful transition to professional degrees, post-secondary training and/or career fields.  “While no single indicator can tell the whole story, our data shows Barren County Schools are on course to create successful students that will be ready for life with outstanding academics and career readiness rates that outpace the Commonwealth,” stated Superintendent Bo Matthews. 

 

Barren County High School’s Transition Readiness Indicator is 74.8, which exceeds the state average by nearly 14 points.   This is one of the four accountability indicators for the high school level. A student must earn a high school diploma by meeting/exceeding the Kentucky Minimum High School Graduation Requirements and meet one type of readiness (Academic or Career).  Transition Readiness measures academic and career readiness by various tests like ACT or Advanced Placement, and/or by earning industry certification or articulated credit by KOSSA exam. 

 

While the Kentucky Department of Education indicated a state and national downtrend in ACT performance, Barren County High School continues to increase the Junior level ACT scores with  .1 of a point increase to a 19.8 ACT Composite Score.  Compared to the KY’s overall ACT score, BCHS out ranks the state average of 19.3 average composite.  “Our academic scores on ACT reading & math and our on-demand writing scores, combined with our transition numbers make us one of the highest achieving high schools in the region. We will celebrate this milestone as it is a direct reflection on the combined work of all Barren County schools. The hard work of our faculty and students has paid off and will continue as we look for ways to be all that we can be. BCHS is an awesome place with opportunities for every student,” stated BCHS Principal Brad Johnson. 

 

The 2018 State Accountability results will assist district and school staff to focus on instructional decisions as part of the continuous improvement model for the system.  This is a transitional year for Kentucky’s assessment and accountability system with several key aspects that have changed.   The majority of the assessment results come from the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests in grades 3-8, the ACT at high school level, and various transition readiness measures at the high school grade level.  The Accountability Results provide scores for Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicators, and Growth at the Elementary and Middle School Levels.  At the High School level the measures are Proficiency, Transition Readiness, Graduation Rate and the 4 Year Cohort Graduation Rate.  Per Senate Bill 1 (2017), the new accountability system does not provide a single summative score that ranks schools against each other.  The focus on accountability now should have shareholders evaluating the data, digging into the measures that make up the indicators, and determining areas of improvement.

 

Superintendent Bo Matthews indicated his overall impressions by saying, “The results from the 2018 State Accountability Release give us feedback and confirmation that what we have set as our goal - creating opportunities for success for ALL students - is paying off.   The countless hours and efforts of our staff, students, and families are creating a better future for our community.  On behalf of the members of the Barren County Board of Education, I want to publically commend all of our staff, students and community for the work they do every day to make our schools a success!”

Overall, the Barren County District Proficiency indicator exceeds the state averages at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  At the high school level, the district Transition Readiness and Graduation indicators exceed the state.  In summary, the State Accountability Summary Chart for 2018 for Barren County Schools:

School Name

Level

Proficiency Indicator

 

Separate Academic Indicator

 

Growth Indicator

Austin Tracy Elementary School

ES

73.4

 

69.5

 

16.6

Eastern Elementary School

ES

78.5

 

63.3

 

15.2

Hiseville Elementary School

ES

77.3

 

86.1

 

18.1

North Jackson Elementary

ES

80.4

 

80.9

 

17.6

Park City Elementary School

ES

63.6

 

59.3

 

16.5

Red Cross Elementary School

ES

77.7

 

70.6

 

16.0

Temple Hill Elementary School

ES

82.5

 

78.5

 

17.6

District

ES

74.9

 

72.0

 

16.1

State

ES

70.5

 

64.8

 

17.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barren County Middle School

MS

72.7

 

63.1

 

10.3

District

MS

75.4

 

63.2

 

12.8

State

MS

72.8

 

66.8

 

12.1

 

 

 

 

Proficiency Indicator

 

Transition Readiness Indicator

 

Graduation  Indicator

 

4 Year Cohort Graduation Rate

Barren County High School

HS

68.4

 

74.8

 

95.7

 

93.9

District

HS

66.2

 

73.0

 

91.7

 

91.2

State

HS

59.3

 

60.9

 

90.8

 

90.3

 

 

Director of Instruction, Assessment, and Technology, Scott Harper elaborated, “The State Accountability system is in transition, and so many of these measures are new to our schools, councils, and district.  As a district, our school leaders, teachers, SBDM Councils, and Board of Education will focus on continual improvement for all of our students.  While some of the indicators and tests have changed during this transitional accountability phase, we are able to use some measures to see growth from the previous years.”  Harper added, “Our main goal now is to support our district and school leadership to understand and communicate the changes in assessments and accountability to our staff and community to show how this data, and other data, can impact our improvement efforts.” 

 

In addition to the indicators for elementary/middle and high school, the state also compares scores to benchmark levels of performance to identify schools as CSI (Comprehensive Support and Improvement) or TSI (Target Support and Improvement).  The TSI calculations help to identify lower student subgroup performance that might “have previously been hidden by overall school achievement data,” according to KDE.  BCHS has a TSI designation for indicators with students with disability, while BCMS has a TSI designation for performance within the hispanic student population.   Both areas have additional school level data which will be analyzed as part of the school’s process of improvement planning.  “As part of the district’s continuous improvement model, each school addresses any student subgroup performance levels that indicate need for improvement,” said Harper.

 

While direct comparisons are not possible with accountability results from previous years, the assessment results for the Barren County Schools have several highlights when reviewing the 2018 tests.  In the area of Proficiency (which measures Reading & Math), the district indicators exceeded the state in all three areas (elem, middle, and high).  When looking at the percent of proficient & distinguished students the notable areas for district scores include:

  • Elementary Reading - 57.2% (vs. 54.6% in KY)
  • Elementary Social Studies - 69.9% (vs. 53% in KY)
    • Hiseville Elem - 96.8%Prof/Distinguished
    • North Jackson Elem - 77.6%Prof/Distinguished
    • Temple Hill Elm - 82.4%Prof/Distinguished
  • Middle School Reading - 61.2% (vs. 60% in KY)
  • High School Reading - 51.2% (vs. 45.4% in KY)

 

In terms of the Separate Academic Indicator, the State Assessment results indicated that the Barren Co District Elementary Score was 7.2 points higher than the State.  Barren County yielded a 72, while KY scored 64.8.

 

All data for the 2017-2018 assessment and accountability reporting are publicly available in Open House on the Kentucky Department of Education website. All the data will be available later this year in the new and improved online Kentucky School Report Card.





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