By Heather Webb, Editor, Salyersville Independent
Test scores for Magoffin County Schools were released September 23, with the district as a whole doing better than the state average.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools are evaluated by if they met their AYP, or the Annual Yearly Progress, which goes by proficiency in math and reading scores. Though 55.6 percent of the schools in the state of Kentucky met AYP, 80 percent of Magoffin County schools made AYP, with the Magoffin County High School being the only one that didn’t, meeting 5 of the 12 targets set.
Comparatively, only 15 percent of high schools in the state met AYP.
Out of 140 points possible on the Interim Performance Report, the goal is for all schools to be at 100 by 2014. North Magoffin Elementary has already met the goal, with 100.82 academic index. Salyersville Grade School is close to the goal, with a 94. South Magoffin, the most improved of the schools, is at 88.94. Herald Whitaker Middle School got an 86.99 and Magoffin County High School scored 64.76.
Each school now must break down the data released last week and address how they can improve the scores, on a school level and on an individual level.
“We’re in pretty good shape overall,” Hunley said. “It’s just we have to take a look at the improvements we need to make."
Hunley said the district is working hard, but now everyone must figure out how to work smarter.
“Everything changes based on these test scores and we must concentrate accordingly,” he said.
For the detailed data, go to the Kentucky Department of Education’s Testing Reports archive Web site, http://applications.education.ky.gov/KTR/Default.aspx and choose “Magoffin” as the district.