Mercer scores show continued improvement

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Mercer scores show continued improvement

(HARRODSBURG, KY) - The Mercer County School District received their most recent test results. The state assessment system is still in a transition period.  The 2017-2018 period will report schools as needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), or Other.  The district and schools will not get an overall score.  In the 2018-2019 school year, the 5-Star rating system will be in place.  Many aspects of the assessment were new last year including changes in the elementary and middle schools.  The science test was new and aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards in Science thus these scores cannot be compared to previous years.  In addition, at the high school level, the reading, mathematics, and science scores are based on the students’ scores on the junior ACT.   Our district is striving for improvement, we continue to show gains in the areas where we can compare data from year to year.  We are continuing to reduce the number of students identified in the novice and apprentice range and move them towards proficiency.   

Overall, our schools performed well above the cut scores used to identify CSI schools.  Mercer County School district has fifteen subgroup categories.  To have subgroups reported, there must be 10 or more students in the subgroup. Of those fifteen subgroups, two subgroups of students scored lower than the cut scores.   Mercer County schools were identified TSI for students with disabilities.  In addition, King Middle School was identified TSI for the students in the subgroup, two or more races.     We continue to use our data to improve instruction and support the needs of all students in Mercer County.   The Mercer County Board of Education is dedicated to ensuring all students learn at high levels.  Below is a list of just a few of the investments in education they have made over the year to support our students.  

>Provided funding for an Elementary Coach at MCES and MCIS. 
>Provided funding for a Math Coach at KMS and MCSHS.
>Provided funding for an English/Language Coach at KMS and MCSHS
>(We have reduced Central Office staff by two staff members and placed them in schools with the teachers and students)
>Instructional Technology: Provided funding for HOVERCAMS for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. HOVERCAMS are the latest instructional interactive technology on the market. Teachers and students use these boards for enhanced learning.
>Fully funded Extended School Services (after school tutoring) and providing transportation home from ESS. This allows all students to be able to stay after school to receive extra time and services.
>Increased academic technology in every school. We are working toward the goal of being 1 device for every 1 student. MCIS is currently at 1 to 1. 
>Increase Dual Credit opportunities for students including dual credit options at the Area Technology Center.
>Provided funding for all sophomores to take the ACT assessment.
>Mercer Central has developed and expanded alternative options available for students who are interested in receiving a high school diploma but want to do so in a non-traditional way using our virtual program. 

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