MARSHALL COUNTY - After months of waiting and wondering if Marshall County Students would measure up to the new standards implemented through the Common Core testing system in Kentucky, the results are finally in.
Initial warnings from the state Department of Education indicated some districts could see 10 to 40 point drops in testing scores due to the new standards and accountability system.
School officials braced for the worst maintaining that in the long run, the new system will help students become better prepared for college.
Today, the district reports the scores are in and while they were prepared for the worst, testing results indicate Marshall County students rank among the best in the state, achieving the level of ‘Distinguished’ overall.
Last year all districts and schools in Kentucky adopted the new Common Core Standards in Reading and English Language Arts and also changed to a new accountability system called Unbridled Learning.
What was once known as KCCT is now known as K-PREP. Students in 3rd-12th grade take the K-PREP test in May of each school year.
Marshall County ranked in the 93rd percentile, which means the district scored better that 93 percent of all other districts in the state.
Marshall County School System Chief Information Officer Russ Buchanan notes that by doing so, the school district not only received the classification of ‘Distinguished,’ but was also awarded the title of ‘High Performing District.’ The overall score for the school district is a 64.9. The Marshall County School District ranked 12th out of 174 school districts across the state.
“The success of the school district is simply a reflection of the success of our students in our schools across the district,” he said.
“Our highest performing school is Benton Elementary. BES received an overall score of 77 which placed them in the 99th percentile of elementary schools across the state.”
Buchanan said BES was classified as Distinguished and rewarded as a School of Distinction. Benton Elementary ranked 9th in the state out of 734 elementary schools.
Benton Middle School followed with an overall score of a 73.7 which landed them in the 98th percentile amongst middle schools across the state. BMS was also classified as Distinguished and rewarded as a School of Distinction. BMS ranks 6th in the state out of 334 middle schools.
Jonathan Elementary and Sharpe Elementary also received the classification of Distinguished. JES ranked in the 92nd percentile with a score of 70.9 while SES was at the 90th with an overall score of a 70.2. Both Jonathan Elementary and Sharpe Elementary scored in the top 10% of the highest performing elementary schools in the state.
Four schools in the district were classified as Proficient schools including Central Elementary and South Marshall Middle School.
They missed the ‘Distinguished’ classification by only one percentile point. Both ranked in the 89th percentile.
North Marshall Middle school ranked in the 87th percentile among all middle schools while Marshall County High School placed at the 76th percentile among high schools across the state.
Calvert City Elementary and South Marshall Elementary were both classified as Needs Improvement by scoring below the 70th percentile. Buchanan reports these schools have identified areas of growth and are in the process of changing practices to ensure growth for every student.
Superintendent Trent Lovett states, "I am very proud of all of our schools, however we are not satisfied. We will continue to work on areas of weakness to ensure Marshall County is a premier school district in the nation."