The Washington County School District has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as an “exemplary growth district” following the recent release of scores from the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS).
Only 64 of Kentucky’s 175 school districts have received this recognition. All schools in the district are progressing or meeting their goals, and the schools have also met the dropout and novice reduction goals set by the state. As a district, they rank fifth out of 18 districts in this region.
Washington County Elementary has become the first school in the county to reach the goal of an academic index score of 100 or above by 2014. An academic index of 102.9 is not the only thing the school has to celebrate. The social studies scores at WCES rank 12th out of 746 elementary schools in the state with a score of 119.3.
North Washington Elementary School also performed well. The school’s total academic index has risen from 83.6 to 91.6 since last year. The science score at NWES was 104 and was the highest in the district. School-wide, in grades 1-8, NWES has reduced its novice scores from over the past five years from 29 percent to just 7 ptercent.
Fredericktown’s elementary scores declined, but the middle school students increased their scores in four of five subjects tested. North Washington’s middle school scores increased in all areas that were assessed. The total academic index increased from 83.2 to 91.5. Both their portfolio writing scores and their practical living/vocational scores were above 100.
Washington County Middle School’s total academic index declined slightly from 80.9 to 79.6 from 2007. However, math scores have consistently increased over the past years from 56.7 in 2005 to 79.3 in 2008.
Washington County High School’s scores increased slightly over the past year. The school ranks 44th of 175 districts state-wide. In the region the high school’s scores rank 4th of the 18 high schools. There is only a one-point difference between their score and the number one high school in the region. The high school was also one of the 33 percent of high schools in the state that met all of its No Child Left Behind goals. The school had a significant increase in On-Demand Writing scores (58.9 to 82.5), which is a 23.5 point increase from last year.
Washington County Schools are ready to take the next steps to reach the goal of proficiency for all students by 2014. The district plans to focus on working together to improve student achievement, to continue professional development on Kagan structures, to continue efforts to help struggling readers and to have interventions in place to ensure student mastery of core content.