Fayette schools earn excellent rating 8.26.09

Written by David Green.

Excellent again.

When it comes to meeting state performance standards, Fayette students do a fairly excellent job.

Among the secondary classes, only one of 19 performance indicators was not met, giving the school an “excellent” rating. It’s the same for the elementary school where just one of 12 performance indicators  was not met. The school was listed as “effective” with just one student’s score on a writing exam keeping the school from obtaining its own “excellent” rating.

In the end, the state’s “value-added” rating benefitted the district overall and boosted it up a level for its second consecutive year of “excellent” status.

Last year the district met 90 percent of its goals, with 94 percent needed for excellence. The “value-added” analysis looks for growth above the expected levels. Superintendent of schools Russ Griggs described it this way: To see if high  achieving students are continuing to grow and if lower achievers are making progress even if they aren’t meeting proficiency standards.

 This year the district met 93.3 percent of its goals, just out of the 94 percent range. But once again, the value-added rating boosted the overall standing to “excellent.”

In the elementary school, writing scores in the fourth grade came in at 73.2 percent proficient, with at 75 percent set as the state goal.

In the secondary school, the eighth grade social studies score came in well below the standard, but Griggs said that was common in many districts.

Some staff members will visit a district that scored well on the social studies portion of the test to compare curriculums.

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