Wayne County Schools received their latest 2018-19 accountability scores, receiving three star ratings for the district's three levels–elementary, middle and high school.

    Rather than relying just on traditional measures of only test 
scores, Kentucky's new accountability system incorporates 
Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, Growth, Transition Readi-
ness, and Graduation Rate. Each school level (elementary, middle and 
high school) was assigned an overall rating of one to five stars 
based on the overall score of combined school-level measures and 
indicators.
    The overall ratings were as follows: the high school scored 65.2, 
the middle school was 60.9, and the elementary scored 64. The 
elementary three star data placed Wayne County among 50 percent of 
the schools across the state. The middle school three star data 
placed Wayne County among 51 percent of schools statewide. The high 
school three star data placed Wayne County among 52 percent of 
schools statewide.
    The elementary and middle school rating looks at student scores in 
reading, math, science, social studies, and writing, as well as 
student growth from year to year in reading and math. The high school 
rating includes student scores in reading, math, science and writing; 
as well as transition readiness and graduation rate.
    One of the highlights of the report was that Wayne County Schools 
had no significant gaps in performance among subpopulations 
(including ethnic groups, ESL, or for instance disability vs. non-
disability students).
    The Wayne County High School continues to show strong transition 
readiness scores, which have been a strength districtwide. This shows 
that high school students have the ACT scores to take college courses 
or they have earned industry certification that gives them 
credentials to show they are well trained for the work force.
    The Wayne County Middle School showed a high score in social studies 
and Monticello Elementary reflected growth in reading.
    Reading has become a strength for the district after being focused 
upon the past several years. Now the district will begin striving for 
more improvement in the area of math.
    Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman explained that math is a 
subject that is being looked at more closely. "We've received 
preliminary data in math test scores for the past six weeks. We have 
looked at our curriculum and believe it is strong, so we are pushing 
a reset to make sure we are doing what the curriculum designers say 
we should be doing. We want to know that the curriculum is being 
implemented correctly."
    The second phase of this project will be to establish a districtwide 
assessment system tracking math, similar to the successful 
improvements that have already been made in reading across the district.
    These accountability ratings provide schools with valuable data to 
help guide them towards building a culture of high expectations and 
continuous improvement. Wayne County School educators go to extreme lengths to stimulate higher levels of student learning and achievement.

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