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GCHS assessment on KY's KPREP upgraded to 'Distinguished'

(Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools)
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

Graves County High School’s assessment on Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning/Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress has been upgraded to Distinguished.

Jennifer Stafford, director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Support and Research, informed Graves County Schools’ district assessment coordinator concerning the 2014-15 accountability change.

In an email to Assistant Superintendent Carla Whitis, who serves as district assessment coordinator and secondary instructional supervisor, Stafford wrote:

“Staff in the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) has completed the data review process that follows public reporting. After this regulatory 10-day window, OAA applied necessary changes to student level data and regenerated all data files…”

“This is great news,” Whitis said. “Students and all the adults at the high school worked very hard to progress all year long. We knew we were extremely close to earning the Distinguished rating and we’re excited for everyone involved to see that Graves County High School has earned the Distinguished KPREP rating.”

“Congratulations to Mrs. Whitis, principal Matthew Madding, and everyone at Graves County High School,” said Superintendent Kim Dublin. “Our entire purpose as a district is to prepare our students for their adult lives and this Distinguished rating is one more example of that success!”

Overall, the Graves County School District repeated last year’s achievement of earning the status of Distinguished District. Seven of the district’s schools also qualified as Distinguished Schools and two also are classified as Schools of Distinction. One school earned the status of High Progress School.

Among some 173 public school districts statewide, Graves County ranks 22nd this year, up from 39th last year.

The district, as a whole, again qualified as a Distinguished District, ranking among the top 12 percent of districts statewide.

GCHS and Central, Symsonia, Sedalia, Lowes, Fancy Farm and Farmington elementary schools earned the title of Distinguished Schools. They met their current year annual measurable objectives and student participation rates.

Central and Farmington elementary schools are classified as Schools of Distinction. That means each met its current annual measurable objective and student participation rate. Elementary Schools of Distinction are the highest-performing level of all elementary schools, those with overall scores at the 95th percentile or higher that met the criteria.

Wingo Elementary and Graves County Middle School each earned the status of Proficient.

Graves County Middle School also earned the status of High Progress School, which means it met its current annual measurable objective, student participation rate and has an improvement score indicating the school is in the top 10 percent of improvement.

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