No Child Left Behind Data Released for Area Schools

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

Scores are in for local school districts and their No Child Left Behind assessment.

No Child Left Behind utilizes the reading and math scores divided among sub-populations of students to determine if the school or district met all of their goals.

A school or district meeting less than 100-percent of its goals is considered to have not met their adequate yearly progress.

And while officials says in many areas, school systems did well, they say there's always room for improvement.

"What we look at with No Child Left Behind is the percentage of students who score at the proficient and/or distinguished level," said Joe Tinius, superintendent of Bowling Green Independent Schools.

The Bowling Green Independent School District met 17 of its 19 target goals required to meet adequate yearly progress the for '08-'09 academic year.

"If you miss on one target, the you're considered to be unsuccessful," Tinius said.

Based on race, free and reduced lunch and students with disabilities, the NCLB measures the performance of specific sub-groups of students.

"Our preference would be not to think in terms of sub population, but to think of all our students and what we need to do for each and every single one of students on an individual basis," Tinius said.

All five elementary schools in bowling green met 100-percent of their goals.

"Certainly we are very pleased that all five hit 100-percent of their targets," Tinius said.

Last year, Bowling Green High met 11 of their 13 No Child Left Behind goals while Bowling Green Junior High met 15 of their 19.

"It is one piece of the puzzle of us doing a thorough analysis of what's going on in our schools and what kind of progress we are making," Tinius said.

"It takes a while to get where you need to be," said Tim Murley, interim Warren County Schools superintendent.

Murley says district-wide, Warren County met 23 of the 25 goals and 16 of Warren County's 19 schools met all their targets.

"Lost River Elementary made 84-percent of its goals. Warren Central High School made 92-percent and Drakes Creek Middle School made 84-percent of its goals," Murley said.

Because of its diverse student population, the Warren County School District is required to meet all 25 of the NCLB targets.

"We do have areas to improve. The two areas we did not make are math and reading, with disabilities, and we do have plans in place for that," Murley said.

Both districts agree proficiency in Kentucky is hard to reach, but schools are striving to meet goals with every sub population.

"Yes we have areas to improve on, but we have plans in place to improve those areas," Murley said.

Only 75 of 175, or about 43-percent of school districts statewide met 100-percent of No Child Left Behind goals.


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