By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times
Plans for Barren County schools improvement was presented at two special meetings on Monday and Tuesday night.
Six of the Barren County Schools (BCHS, Eastern Elementary, Hiseville Elementary, Park City Elementary, Red Cross Elementary, and Austin Tracy Elementary) were labeled as “needs improvement” in the new Kentucky Department of Education school report card, two as distinguished (North Jackson Elementary, Temple Hill Elementary) and one as proficient (Barren County Middle School). School officials said the new grading had increased rigor, and in some cases problems identified with the grading such as several of the high school highest math scorers not counted. The presentation shed light on room for improvement and plans to achieve future goals. In light of the recent budget news of a $900,000 short from last year, the common thread is that all school officials will face the difficult task of doing more with less.
Barren County Middle School Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data revealed that BCMS 7th and 8th graders performed right at or slightly higher than the national median in reading and math. Despite the positive trends, Lori Downs said they are using digital assessment data like MAP and EXPLORER to identify areas of weakness early on to seek intervention.
Downs said some of the strong points at the middle school is the after school program, Trojan Extreme, offering a variety of activities for students including archery, science club, jewelry making, carpentry, guitar lessons and many more. Currently, about 500 students are enrolled in the after school program. Downs also said the school offers seven high school credit hours for students to take if they choose.
“We try to find some connection for every student at the school,” Downs said.
Barren County High School’s school report card score was 49.5/100 landing them in the 23rd percentile of Kentucky high schools. Principal Steve Riley said one of the areas with room for improvement in literacy and said there will be an increased literacy emphasis in the coming school year, and the goal to ensure every student graduates.
One of the areas Riley said he felt strong in was the school’s college and career readiness.
Read the full story in the print or e-edition of Friday's Glasgow Daily Times.