Local Districts Show Gains, Covington Has First Ever Distinguished School
Local school districts are celebrating gains in Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System.
Across the Commonwealth, student performance, college and career readiness, and the number of students graduating from high school are improving, according to the data made public on Friday by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Covington Independent Public Schools is celebrating its first ever "distinguished" school in Glenn O. Swing Elementary, finishing in the 99th percentile on state tests.
"We are very excited about our progress as a school," said Glenn O. Swing principal Scott Alter. "We believe this has been a whole school team effort which has taken many years to achieve and will take even harder work to maintain. Our main focus has been and will remain on student work and results on a daily basis. Based on those student results, we will continue to grow our teachers and learn from one another. Our staff has developed a growth mindset. We believe our students will be successful if we continue to give our best effort and realize through struggle and failure we will succeed."
The Covington district overall made significant gains. Latonia Elementary just missed a distinguished ranking, finishing in the high "proficient" category for the second year in a row. All schools in the district showed gains in their annual measurable objective (AMO) goals.
District: Overall score: 63 Percentile: 42
Bellevue High: 66.3, 47 percentile (needs improvement)
Middle Grades: 57.3, 28 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
Grandview Elementary: 67, 59 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
District: 59.4, 22 percentile (needs improvement)
Holmes High: 59.7, 18 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
Holmes Middle: 55, 20 (needs improvement/progressing)
Glenn O. Swing Ele. 82, 99 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing -- School of Distinction/High Progress School)
Latonia Ele. 73.1, 85 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing
John G. Carlisle Ele. 58.4, 26 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
Sixth District Ele. 58.3, 25 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
Ninth District Ele. 48, 5 percentile (needs improvement/progressing)
District: 62, 33 percentile (needs improvement)
Dayton High: 60.4, 20 percentile (needs improvement)
Middle Grades: 57.7, 30 percentile (needs improvement)
Lincoln Ele. 66.9, 58 percentile (needs improvement)
FT. THOMAS INDEPENDENT
District: 82.1, 99 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing)
Highlands High: 87, 99 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing)
Highlands Middle: 78.5, 98 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing)
Johnson Ele. 83.1, 99 percentile (DISTINGUISHED)
Moyer Ele. 80.4, 98 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing)
Woodfill Ele. 78.4, 96 percentile (DISTINGUISHED/progressing)
KENTON COUNTY (select schools)
District: 71.4, 89 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing)
Scott High: 71.4, 73 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing)
Simon Kenton High: 71.4 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing)
Dixie Heights High: 70.7, 72 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing)
Woodland Middle: 69, 79 percentile (PROFICIENT/progressing)
Taylor Mill 68, 63 percentile (needs improvement)
(DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS: Beechgrove Ele., RC Hinsdale Ele., Ryland Heights Ele., Turkeyfoot Middle)
District: 65.9, 57 percentile (needs improvement)
Ludlow High: 74.2, 86 percentile (PROFICIENT)
Middle Grades: 56.2, 24 percentile (needs improvement)
Mary A. Goetz Ele. 67.8, 62 percentile (needs improvement)
District: 56.3, 18 percentile (needs improvement)
Newport High: 61.3, 23 percentile (needs improvement)
Newport Middle: 51.1, 12 percentile (needs improvement)
Newport Intermediate: 57.5, 22 percentile (needs improvement)
OTHER NORTHERN KENTUCKY HIGHLIGHTS: Silver Grove Elementary came in as one of the worst schools in the state, with a score of 43.1, placing it in the 1 percentile; Beechwood District, High, and Elementary all ranked as DISTINGUISHED while the Middle School was PROFICIENT; Boone County is a DISTINGUISHED district with nine schools ranking as DISTINGUISHED, including Boone County, Cooper, and Ryle High Schools; Campbell County ranked as a DISTINGUISHED district, with four out of seven schools earning DISTINGUISHED distinctions, including Campbell County High School; Erlanger-Elsmere "needs improvement" though Lloyd High School ranked as PROFICIENT; Walton-Verona Schools were DISTINGUISHED/progressing across the board; Southgate Independent "needs improvement.
You can see the full list and their scores by clicking here.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo via Glenn O. Swing Elementary