NCLB requires that the entire student body, and all “subpopulations” become 100 percent proficient in reading and math on state standardized tests by 2014. Each year has a higher percentage of proficiency in both categories that have to be met. Each subpopulation must have 10 students to count in the results. Four different subpopulations are counted in Trigg County: White (Non-Hispanic), African-American, free/reduced lunch and students with disabilities.
With both reading and math requirements, this makes a total of 16 target goals that the district was supposed to meet. Only 12 were met, making this the fourth year the district has failed to meet standards. This classifies them as a Tier Three District.
At the Board meeting, Superintendent Tim McGinnis welcomed Barbara Kennedy from the Kentucky Department of Education. Kennedy was one of several KDE representatives visiting the schools last week for a “district scholastic review” to make recommendations for improvement. She said she was very pleased to be there and was looking forward to working with Trigg County and that a lot of good things were happening in the district. McGinnis said he looked forward to seeing her report.
Mary Ann Lander, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, presented the NCLB data to everyone on a large screen and showed each school’s results.
“Needless to say, were very disappointed,” she said. “But instead of wallowing around in it, we’re taking steps to do something about it.”
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