JCPS shows growth in latest round of state testing numbers


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 3:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Across the board Jefferson County Schools saw improvement in the second annual Kentucky Unbridled Learning testing system.

For the first time, the district met its annual performance goal set by the Kentucky Department of Education. According to Superintendent Donna Hargens, 75 schools meet their requirements including 13 out of 18 priority schools. The results show that JCPS increased its overall score from 50.8 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 52.2 percent in the 2012-2013 school year.

“It’s one year’s progress so we are excited about that and what the future holds,” Hargens said.

Only 31 out of the district’s 136 schools tested achieved proficiency. Based on five components: achievement, GAP, growth, college/career-readiness, and graduation rate.

Jefferson County has a graduation rate of 76 percent, below the state average of 86 percent.  

Hargens said her top focus for  schools would be reading even though statewide math seemed to be a problem for students.

Kentucky Education Commissioner, Terry Holliday, said he was pleased with JCPS’s progress, but had some concerns at the middle school level.

“Jefferson needs to look very closely at their middle schools.  There’s a bigger gap between their middle school performance and the state than in any other level,” Holliday said.
Thirty-eight JCPS Schools ranked in the bottom 10 percent of school in the state. The bottom three elementary schools are Foster, Jacob, and King. Each of those schools ranked in the bottom 1 percent, which means more than 99 percent of schools tested better. Frost, Frederick Law Olmsted North, and Myers round out the lowest performing Middle Schools. Iroquois, Doss, and Shawnee High Schools performed the worst.

Fourteen JCPS schools ranked better than 90 percent of schools in the state. The top three elementary schools in Jefferson County are Greathouse, Stopher, and Brandeis. The top Middle Schools are Barrett, Brown, and Jefferson County Traditional. The highest performing High Schools are DuPont Manual, Louisville Male, and the Brown School.