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Assessment Results Show Improvement

Four Hopkins County elementary schools received 4 stars in the state’s new 5-star accountability system for public schools. The district, as a whole, received 3 stars at elementary, middle, and high school levels. That is the same as the overall state rating, which was released Oct. 1 by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The 4-star ratings were received by Earlington, Hanson, Pride, and West Broadway Elementary schools.  

“We’re mostly pleased by the results, especially at the elementary level,” said Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby. “We’re excited about the results at Earlington, which went from a TSI school classified for Targeted Support and Improvement to a 4-star school. This is a great improvement that is directly related to the dedicated efforts put forth by faculty, administrators, students, and staff. 

Three-star ratings were received by Browning Springs Middle School, Grapevine Elementary School, James Madison Middle School, Jesse Stuart Elementary School, Madisonville North Hopkins High School, South Hopkins MIddle School, Southside Elementary School, and West Hopkins Middle. Two-star ratings were received by Hopkins County Central High School and West Hopkins Elementary.

The star ratings and federal classifications are based on 2018-2019 K-PREP assessment data and other indicators released by the Kentucky Department of Education. These indicators include reading and math proficiency; proficiency in social studies, science and writing; students’ academic growth over one academic year; transition readiness; and graduation rate.

Last year, the district had five TSI schools. However, we no longer have schools with the federal classification of needing improvement. That’s because the schools showed improvements in subgroups such as special education and minorities.

“I’m proud of our school district eliminating achievement gaps in so many areas,” said Andy Belcher, director of assessment. “That’s a big deal. It shows that school administrators and teachers really targeted students who needed extra attention and then delivered quality instruction to significantly improve their achievement. We value the success of each student in our district and these efforts prove exactly that.”

Teachers will use the assessment results to guide their instruction.

“We have a new plan for a practice ACT test this year that we’re excited about implementing at both high schools,” Belcher said. “Students will take a full, timed ACT test and have detailed results within a week of taking it.”

For additional information and assessment results, go to http://www.kyschoolreportcard.com/.