By David J. Griffin, Times Reporter
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires all states to measure each public school’s achievement and establish annual improvement targets for the state. The most recent test results for Powell County have been compiled, and two schools met the required progress goals. Bowen Elementary and Stanton Elementary achieved 100 percent of their target goals for 2009.
Under the NCLB standards, schools are measured on whether students meet performance benchmarks in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Participation Rate, and either graduation rates (for high schools) or other academic indicators (for elementary and middle schools). Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is the term used in the Federal NCLB Act to categorize whether a school or district has met the federal accountability requirements for that year.
If a district that is receiving Title I (Part A) funds fails to meet AYP for two consecutive years, that district is subject to certain requirements, such as offering supplemental education services, offering school choices, and/or taking corrective action. The students’ scores are used to determine whether students at each school have been taught well. Schools using Title I funds through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 must make Adequate Yearly Progress in test scores. For example, each year the school’s fifth graders must do better on standardized tests than the previous years. Under the NCLB Act, a school must make 100 percent of its target goals in order to qualify as having made Adequate Yearly Progress.
As a district, Powell County did not achieve AYP, and only two of five schools met AYP target goals. Below are the results for each individual school in the Powell County School District.
The District met 12 out of 13 target goals or 92.3 percent. In other words, the AYP for the District was not met.
Bowen Elementary met 10 out of 10 target goals or 100 percent. Clay City Elementary met 11 out of 12 target goals or 91.7 percent. Stanton Elementary met 10 out of 10 target goals or 100 percent. Powell Middle met 10 out of 11 target goals or 90.9 percent. Powell County High School met 8 out of 10 target goals or 80 percent.
In March 2009, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) that was subsequently signed into law by the Governor. SB1 calls for a significant overhaul of the state’s assessment and accountability system. The new assessment begins in the spring of 2012. The school years of 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 are described in SB1 as an interim period.
This three year-period allows Kentucky to develop the new assessment system and to carry on state and federal testing requirements. The Interim Performance Report includes the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) in Reading (grades 3-8-10), Mathematics (grades 3-8-11), Science (grades 4-7-11), Social Studies (grades 5-8-11) and Writing On-Demand (grades 5-8-12). The KCCT is based on the Kentucky Core Content for Assessment (Version 4.1) and contains multiple choice and open response questions. The Writing On-Demand test uses writing prompts that require students to craft a piece of writing in a 60-minute period.
The following KCCT scores were also reported for 2009. The numbers are percentages of students scoring Proficient or Distinguished in the assessed content.
Bowen: Reading – 72.58, Math – 61.29, Science – 72.34, Social Studies – 24.39, On-Demand – 17.07.
Clay City: Reading – 71.78, Math – 72.61, Science – 81.08, Social Studies – 70.51, On-Demand – 33.33.
Stanton: Reading – 64.02, Math – 64.02, Science – 41.07, Social Studies – 67.39, On-Demand – 52.17.
PCMS: Reading – 60.04, Math – 66.67, Science – 60.91, Social Studies – 63.19, On-Demand – 32.42.
PCHS: Reading – 51.96, Math – 38.56, Science – 32.03, Social Studies – 32.68, On-Demand – 18.06.