Mercer Test Scores Show Success and Growth

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Mercer Test Scores Show Success and Growth

(HARRODSBURG, Ky) - The Mercer County School District received good news with the most recent release of the Unbridled Learning test results. Even though the state is in transition and not providing school labels this year, there was clear success and growth at all three schools in the 2016-17 school year. The district also evaluated and reported Program Review scores in the two areas of Visual & Performing Arts and Practical Living & Career Studies. Our district is excited to celebrate the progress represented in our schools' test scores and move forward to even higher levels of achievement in the new accountability system coming in 2017-18.

Mercer County Intermediate School made progress in all three areas of Achievement, Gap and Growth. The gap score increased the most, moving from a 37.3 in 2015-16 to a 68.5, while achievement increased from 66.3 to 69.2 and growth increased from 54.8 to 59.8. The achievement score that increased the most was On-Demand Writing, but there were achievement gains in all tested areas of Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, On-Demand Writing and Language Mechanics. The school also met 93% of its novice reduction targets in both reading and math. Finally, the school achieved a 100 score in both Visual & Performing Arts and Practical Living & Career Studies. The net result is that Mercer County Intermediate School achieved the highest scores under the Unbridled Learning testing system.

King Middle School significantly increased their performance in the areas of Gap and Growth, with the gap score increasing from 27.4 to 40.5 and growth from 53.8 to 59.7. While achievement decreased slightly to a 66.3, there were achievement gains in the areas of math and Language Mechanics, which were areas of focus in 2016-17 for the school. The school met more novice reduction targets in 2016-17 and demonstrated growth by students in both the 40th percentile and categorical growth measures. Finally, the school demonstrated a well-rounded program for students with an 87.8 in Visual & Performing Arts and a 93.8 in Practical Living & Career Studies.

Mercer County Senior High School made great strides in all four areas of Achievement, Gap, College / Career Readiness and Graduation Rate. Gap made the larger increase, moving from 14.7 in 2015-16 to 53.0, while College / Career Readiness increased 12 points from an 80.0 to 92.4. Achievement also increased from 58.4 to 60.7. The school had significant achievement gains in Algebra II, U.S. History and On-Demand Writing. Finally, the graduation rate increased from 94.7 to 96.2, which is well above the state graduation average of 89.8. Mercer Senior High closed the achievement gap by 8 points and reached many of their novice reduction targets in reading and math. The school also received high marks in Program Reviews, receiving a 93.9 in Visual & Performing Arts and a 95.2 in Practical Living & Career Studies.

As our state moves into a new accountability system, our schools are excited to sustain the process of guiding our students to higher levels of achievement and continuing to close the achievement gaps in all of our schools. Superintendent Dennis Davis stated "With these most recent test results, all of our schools have momentum and will continue the work of reaching all students to prepare them for higher education and their future careers. We are very proud of the achievements of our students and staff and continue to strive for excellence in all areas.”

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