Principals spend two hours counting chickens in August when eggs won’t hatch until September
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 29, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four principals in the Trigg County School District spent nearly two hours counting those proverbial chickens during a regular meeting of the Board of Education held last week. Unfortunately for the district’s principals and teachers, the eggs in question won’t hatch until Sept. 26.

The principals of the primary, intermediate, middle and high school were asked to give reports to the board about “implementation and impact,” meaning that they were to explain how items in their school improvement plans were carried out and the impact they had on test scores. However, the scores for the state accountability tests that are meant to measure student achievement won’t be released to the public until Sept. 26, according to Beth Sumner, the assistant superintendent of instruction.

No Child Left Behind scores, which come from the same tests but only measure math and reading, are scheduled for release on Sept. 12.

Since the principals couldn’t cite the results of state KCCT exams, they reviewed what are known as “continued assessment” tests in minute detail. These tests, including Thinklink, GRADE and GMADE, are used by the schools several times a year in hopes of measuring and improving student performance before it comes time to take the official tests in the spring. Only Ann Taylor, principal of Trigg County Primary School, could reference state tests, since the youngest children take the CTBS exam instead of the KCCT, and those results were released several weeks ago.

Taylor spoke first and talked from 7:04 to 7:26 p.m. Intermediate Principal Brian Futrell spoke from 7:26 to 7:55. James Mangels, the middle school principal, spoke from 7:55 to 8:13 and Neal Cummins, the new high school principal, spoke from 8:14 to 8:31. Mary Ann Lander, the former assistant superintendent of instruction who will be officially leaving the central office in October, then gave the report for the district. She began at 8:31, and the report was followed by questions and discussions from board members.

Read about the school board's lengthy meeting in The Cadiz Record.
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