McGinnis said the board “has put some things in place last year” that he hopes will show improvements in the student scores. He noted a math coach is now in place that will have the high school as the main thrust of helping students.
Test results, released last Friday, showed that the District as a whole was at 75% while the combined scores of students in the Middle and Elementary levels were at 81.3%. Trigg County High students had a combined total of 75%.
As required by statute, letters will be mailed to each parent who has a child within the system. The superintendent said the letters were being prepared for handout to each principal on Tuesday and would be mailed no later than Thursday of this week.
In addition to the letters, McGinnis said the school has posted an online survey provided by the Kentucky Department of Education. He is asking parents, teachers, students and citizens to provide information by filling out the survey.
The deadline for filing out the survey is Sunday, August 20. It can be accessed by the school’s web site at www.trigg.k12.ky.us or a link is provided on the newspaper website at cadizrecord.com.
Those participating will be asked their opinion on such topics as academic performance, learning environment and efficiency of the system. McGinnis said he was aware that some of the questions on the survey might not be able to be answered, but there is a selection for “don’t know” also listed. Participants will be given a statement and then asked if they agree, strongly agree, don’t know, disagree or strongly disagree.
Upon completion of the survey, the submit button will send the survey to the Kentucky Department of Education where it will be tabulated.
The superintendent said one of the major reasons for the low scoring overall was due to scores from the school’s special needs classes. “Our special needs is not doing well,” McGinnis admitted. However, he did agree the overall system needed improvement.
In addition to the math coach employed this year, McGinnis said a reading coach who has been working primarily in the elementary school would also be available to other grades. “The reading coach is now being shared with the primary and elementary school,” he noted “and they also have some classified (teacher) help.”
Mary Ann Lander, assistant superintendent of curriculum said that last year the system put into operation a grade testing program that is designed help the school learn quicker of any deficiencies. “I think we’re going to see some dividends from that.”
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