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Jenkins Schools’ test scores improve greatly



With a distinguished mark, Jenkins Independent Schools significantly increased its status in Kentucky’s 2014-15 Unbridled Learning accountability system.

The Jenkins district went from having the lowest ranking as a focus school district to being distinguished with a 2014-15 overall score of 70.8. The district performed better than 90 percent of districts in Kentucky, according to information recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

The formula used to calculate school and district performance data takes into account Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) test results as well as instructional programs and support.

“There are no magic bullets, but keeping a sharp focus on research-based instructional practices, analyzing student data to adjust instruction and involving students in setting goals helped to carve our path to success,” said Jenkins Supt. Freddie Bowling. “These scores prove that we live our vision statement of passion, pride, performance.”

Its 2013-2014 reconfigured score totaled 58.1. The district saw a 12.7 increase from last year’s results.

School and district goals were met at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Jenkins Elementary School is also labeled distinguished, with an overall score of 74.2. With a percentile ranking of 91, the elementary school went from being a needs improvement school in 2013-14 with a reconfigured score of 59.1 to a high performing and high progressing school in 2014-15.

According to a news release from Jenkins Independent Schools, Jenkins Middle School is in the top 10 percent of most improved middle schools statewide in 2014-2015. With a percentile ranking of 61, the middle school’s 2014-15 overall score is 63.9. Its 2013-2014 reconfigured score is 47.7. The middle school is listed as needs improvement and progressing. It is also a focus school and a high progress school.

Jenkins High School reached proficiency, with a 2014-15 overall score of 74.4. The high school ranks in the 87th percentile. Its 2013-14 reconfigured score is 67.6.

“We can only be successful if we work together toward a common goal,” said Bowling. “And student success must be that goal.”



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