The Daviess County Public Schools district continues to focus on academic proficiency in areas of reading, writing, language mechanics, mathematics, social studies and science while analyzing results of 2016-17 assessment date, released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Overall, district scores reflect dedication to teaching and learning among staff and students. DCPS schools at all levels – elementary, middle and high school – are above state averages in in reading, language mechanics, math, social studies and science.
“We are really proud of the fact that students continue to grow throughout all levels of the district,” said Jana Beth Francis, DCPS assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. “We create a strong foundation at the elementary level, and those scores remain stable or improve all the way through high school. That shows that students are authentically learning the content, which we believe will enable them to succeed after graduation.”
Apollo, Daviess County and Heritage Park high schools have emphasized college- and career-readiness for students. This year’s CCR score rose 3.1 points over last year to a percentage of 74.7. Graduation rates were also above state averages: AHS graduated 91.4 percent of students and DCHS graduated 98.1 percent.
DCPS elementary schools earned the highest scores in the region in the area of language mechanics with 63.3. DCPS middle schools earned the highest scores in the region in the areas of reading and math, and DCPS high schools scored highest in reading and science.
Kentucky is in the process of phasing out its former accountability system, to be replaced with a new system created under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Kentucky Senate Bill 1. The new system is expected to be in place by the 2018-19 school year, with accountability reported in 2019-20. As a result of the transition, this year’s data release does not include overall accountability scores, classifications or rankings for schools or districts.