Report card in for GC Schools

By Brittany Wise -

Statewide ‘Unbridled Learning’ results show progress in Grayson County public schools, according to a recent release.

“Grayson County Schools are just one point shy of attaining Distinguished status according to the latest release of Unbridled Learning results, the state assessment and accountability system,” according to the school system’s Public Information Officer, Caryn Lewis.

“At the eighty-ninth percentile, the district is categorized as Proficient, nine points above the overall state average,” Lewis said. “And after two years of knocking on the door of a Distinguished ranking, Grayson County High School has earned that distinction, ranking in the 94th percentile of all high schools.”

A number of factors go into the state’s assessment of area schools, including graduation rates, testing scores, year-to-year improvement on various goals, and college and career readiness.

Clarkson Elementary School made great strides this year, becoming the district’s first Proficient/High Progress elementary school and jumping from the 51st percentile to the 88th percentile in just one school year.

Placed in the top 10 percent for improvement, the school had a greater percentage of proficient and distinguished testing scores than the state average in all areas except language mechanics.

District Assessment Coordinator Carla Purcell called Clarkson Elementary’s progress “an amazing feat, and major accomplishment.”

H. W. Wilkey Elementary School also made strides in overall progress, though the percentage of proficient and distinguished scores were lower across the board, particularly in the writing category where student scores sat 13.5 percent below the district average and 18.8 percent below the state average.

Despite a leap from the 42nd percentile to the 57th percentile in the last year, Wilkey is still classified by the state as being in the ‘Needs Improvement/Progressing’ category.

Caneyville Elementary School achieved gains in growth and improvement when it came to reading, social studies and language mechanics.

Caneyville’s student scores in language mechanics shone brightly at 11.3 percent above the state average and 10.4 percent above the district average.

Like Wilkey, however, Caneyville student scores struggled when it came to writing, coming it at 16.6 percent below the state average in that category.

The elementary made a six percent climb from last school year’s scores, and is labeled as ‘Needs Improvement/Progressing’ by the state.

“Lawler Elementary made gains in achievement, particularly reading, math and social studies,” Lewis said.

Lawler topped the state average in the math category, coming in at 0.2 percent above. It was also the only school in the district that came near to meeting the state average in writing. Students there also topped the district scores in both writing and math.

‘Gap’ and ‘Growth’ scores were slightly down for the school, though, resulting in a lower overall score from the state.

Lawler fell backward seven percentile points this year, and is classified in the ‘Needs Improvement’ category overall, even though student testing scores were higher than some others in the county.

Grayson County Middle School student scores topped the state average in reading, social studies and language mechanics, according to Lewis. ‘Gap’ and ‘Growth’ scores were also reported to be up.

“College and career readiness at the middle school level is determined by the ACT EXPLORE test administered to eighth graders. That component accounts for 16 percent of the overall score, and was down for the year,” Lewis explained. “For the first time in several years, however, the middle school is not categorized as a Focus School, meaning an individual group of students who had preciously scored significantly low for two consecutive years has made progress.”

GCMS’ overall state score sank from the 67th percentile to the 64th, and the school was classified in the ‘Needs Improvement’ category.

The highest rated school in the district this year was Grayson County High School, which attained Distinguished classification, jumping from the 88th percentile during the 2013-14 school year to the 94th percentile for the current school year.

Student scores at the high school bested the state average in math by 27.1 percentile points; hovered 2.6 percentile points above the state in science and 5.6 percentile above in social studies; and came in at 3.7 percentile points above the state average in writing and 2.1 percentile points above in language mechanics.

After assessing this year’s district report card, Superintendent Doug Robinson praised teachers and staff for their unwavering commitment and hard work.

“We’re making gains in the right direction and will continue to improve,” he said. “We just need a few points here and there to be a Distinguished district.”

Parents will soon be receiving their children’s individual test results. In the meantime, detailed district and school results can be viewed in the School Report Card at

By Brittany Wise

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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