Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 12, 2013

Glasgow elementary principals give board progress reports

GLASGOW — Reading and math were presented as district wide areas of improvement at the Glasgow Board of Education regular session Monday.

K-PREP assessment district wide data notes student expertise in reading, math, science, social studies, writing and language mechanics. The level of expertise is coded from the most expertise to the least: proficient, distinguished, apprentice and novice. According to school district K-PREP reading data, 49.4 percent of elementary students are reading at a proficient level, 55.8 percent at the middle school and 61.7 percent at the high school. Math K-PREP data revealed 37.8 percent are proficient at the elementary schools, 59 percent at the middle school and 52.4 percent at the high school level.

South Green Elementary Principal Chad Muhlenkamp and Highland Elementary Principal Sharon Mudd shared their school’s individual improvement plans, noting their particular areas of weakness and strengths.

Muhlenkamp used tennis balls and grains of rice as a visual aide to illustrate how he chooses to run the school. He used the main priorities of the students and overall school environment, represented by the tennis balls, and the state education requirements, represented by the rice, that he poured around the tennis balls. He said his approach is to put student first and fill in with the state education requirements, which he said works much better than trying to conform and mold the school to ever changing state standards.

“It all fits together,” Muhlenkamp said while holding up the tennis ball and rice display.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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