School officials see many positives in test scores

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

September 27, 2013

FRANKFORT — In recent years, the Floyd County School District has set a goal of cracking the top 50 of school districts in statewide testing.

The release this week of last year’s results just might give them additional incentive to break that barrier. They’re almost there.

“We are thrilled that Floyd County Schools is considered a Proficient District, and we’re so close to achieving our goal of being a Top 50 School District,” Supt. Henry Webb noted Thursday. “This year, we ranked 52nd among Kentucky’s 174 school districts.”

Floyd County showed remarkable improvement in nearly every area tested. Elementary and middle school students tested above the state average, while high school students fell just a few points shy. The results had Webb declaring last year’s performance “the most positive test performance report for Floyd County Schools since the beginning of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in the early 1990s.”

With 11 schools ranking either “proficient” (top 30 percent) or “distinguished” (top 10 percent), school officials were finding plenty to crow about. However, Webb singled out three schools for special recognition.

May Valley Elementary once again sealed its reputation as one of the top performing schools in the state.

“Once again, May Valley is one of the state’s top performing elementary schools,” Webb said. “Ranking second among 730 elementary schools this year and with nine consecutive years of top 10 rankings, May Valley continues to demonstrate a remarkable commitment to student learning and achievement.”

Not too long ago, Stumbo Elementary was continually posting test scores ranking near the absolute bottom in the state. This year, the school was within striking distance of the top.

“No district school made more dramatic improvement than Stumbo Elementary,” Webb said. “Both elementary and middle groups are considered Distinguished with state rankings of 12th for the elementary and 32nd for the middle school.”

Osborne Elementary, too, was among the state’s best.

“Osborne Elementary was designated a Distinguished School for the second consecutive year and was ranked 32nd among Kentucky’s elementary schools,” Webb said.

The Floyd County Times will have more detailed analysis of test scores in the Wednesday, Oct. 2, edition of the paper.