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Ludlow Schools Put Plan in Place to Improve

Ludlow Independent schools have several programs that they have put in place even before the scores came back from the state tests this year. Ludlow High School apparently scored high, rising from an overall score of 69.3 to 74.2. Percentage wise, that means last year they received a 64 percent and this year they brought it up to an 86 percent, every bit of a proficient level.
 
Mary A. Goetz Elementary school saw their score rise a little from 67.1 last year to 67.8.
 
Again, percentage wise that translates to a boost from 60 percent to 62 percent, which did not move them out of the needs improvement category although they know they fared better. But the middle school, the seventh and eighth graders suffered a drop, from 66.3 last year to 56.2 this year. In the percentiles the drop showed up as dramatic—from 66 percent last year to 25 percent.
 
Statewide, any percentage over 90 is considered distinguished, 70 to 89 is labeled proficient, and under 70 is needs improvement.
 
Some of the programs put in place in the Ludlow school system were outlined at the regular school board meeting last Thursday night.
 
“Our reading assistance program is a focus on kids,” said Michael Borchers, Superintendent of Ludlow schools. “With all of the programs we have in place we feel that we will be in a better place next year. The High School seems to always do well, but since the teachers take pride in what they do, it was hard on them. We are excited about the new programs and we feel that we can make big changes.”
 
Thanks to a twenty­-first century grant the Shine program was put in place last month, recognizing students for achievements for positive encouragement. The district is also allowing four­-year ­olds in preschool to start the learning process earlier, and also due to a grant, the Born to Learn program targets residents who have had babies recently, and provides parents with recommendations to help entice the babies to learn.
 
Jenny McMillen, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, gave the board a report on how the parent university night went on October 2. One hundred sixteen children were represented by their parents, and the emphasis for both the parents and children was to see themselves going to college. McMillen stated that the goal of the night was to give the mindset to families that ‘I really can go to college’ so that the students will work harder in school, and then in high school they can more easily meet the benchmarks that will make college a reality.
 
The dual credit program in the high school is doing well, and last year 12 seniors took an English 101 class that allowed them to gain high school credit and credit hours at Northern Kentucky University simultaneously. This year ten seniors are enrolled in the same project, but they will also be able to take an AP English in the spring that will give them more dual credits. In addition, Ludlow has become the first high school in Northern Kentucky to offer dual credit for a Criminal Justice course. Twenty­-two juniors and seniors are taking advantage of this course which offers an intro class this fall and a follow up class in the spring.
 
Another program that was reported on is the closing of the achievement gap. Many children in the Ludlow district fall into a category that puts them at a disadvantage, such as being in economic distress, or in a minority that traditionally needs more help. Teachers are given training to recognize students that might have fallen through the cracks in the past and target these students for a more personal approach that would identify learning problems and get around them.
 
In other business, the monthly bills were presented for approval as were the facility and fundraising requests. A shortened school day was approved for a student who needed it.
 
At the end of the meeting, the board adjourned to an executive session.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
 
Photo: Ludlow Board of Education/RCN file