The recent release of the state assessment scores finds the Pulaski County School System continuing to achieve at the highest levels. The county school system remains a Distinguished District according to this week’s release of Kentucky’s assessment scores. This has earned the Pulaski County School System the highest level under Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning system five years running.
“To be where we are doesn’t come by accident. It takes a lot of focus and a lot of work from everyone at all levels. Being one of the top districts five years running is a very high standard to maintain,” said Superintendent Steve Butcher. “This continues to validate that our resources and efforts have been in the right places.”
At the high school level, Pulaski County High School and Southwestern High School paced the district by again achieving at high levels. PCHS and SWHS were both designated Distinguished schools with Southwestern High School earning a “School of Distinction” title reserved only for schools who meet all goals and score at or above the 95%ile. “The work at the high schools has been focused on making sure every student is prepared for their future. We continue to offer more and more rigorous opportunities for our high school students,” said Butcher. “We also have very high college and career readiness rates and graduation rates. This is assurance that we are turning out prepared students.” College and career readiness rates and graduation rates are also part of the accountability process at the high school level. Both high schools boast a 100% college and career rate with PCHS holding a 97.1% graduation rate and SHWS holding a 97.4% graduation rate.
At the middle school level, Southern Middle School received a Proficient designation and Northern Middle School received a Needs Improvement designation. “Our middle school achievement and growth scores remained high, but we saw a drop in our gap scores for our middle schools that impacted their overall designation, especially Northern,” said Butcher. “The way the state calculates gap scores changed for this accountability cycle, so I have no doubt our middle schools will adjust for those changes and continue to score at high levels.”
At the elementary level, six schools (Burnside, Oak Hill, Pulaski, Northern, Shopville, Southern) were designated as Distinguished schools with Burnside, Oak Hill, and Pulaski Elementary also earning “School of Distinction” titles making them some of the best in the state. Nancy Elementary received a Proficient designation and Eubank Elementary received a Needs Improvement designation. “Last year we had 2 elementary schools who were distinguished, this year we have 6 who are distinguished,” said Butcher. “The foundation that our elementary schools establish is the start of our success.”
“To have as many schools and students as we do scoring exceptionally well shows that we are in this as a team working hard for all the kids of our community,” said Butcher. “If you see a teacher today, tell them job well done.”
Schools and districts scoring at or above the 70th percentile are classified as proficient and schools and districts scoring at or above the 90th percentile are classified as distinguished.