Owensboro Public Schools met district growth goals for a second straight year continuing forward progress on the latest round of the Kentucky Unbridled Learning assessments released today.
“I am very pleased with our continued growth and progress of moving toward the overall goal of college and career readiness for all students,” said OPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake. “The hard work and commitment of the staff is evident.”
“We have met many of our goals for this year and are already looking ahead to ensure continued progress for every student. While there is always room to grow and improve, we want to take this moment to celebrate our improvement and the efforts of our students, teachers, and parents,” Dr. Brake said. “Our teachers and students continue to focus on innovative instruction to improve student learning. The state assessment results are just one measure among many that we use to regularly monitor student progress.” Highlights of the district results include the following:
- Sutton Elementary earned a Distinguished designation while meeting all annual growth targets.
- Cravens Elementary earned a Proficient designation for the second consecutive year.
- OHS had a significant increase in the percentage of graduates that met college and career readiness standards from 55 percent in 2013 to 65 percent in 2014.
- Both Owensboro Middle School North and South campuses and Owensboro High School met annual growth targets again this year. OMS-North and OHS each missed the Proficient designation by one point.
“Our efforts at the high school level to raise more students to college and career readiness levels have paid off. We have made great strides in providing students with more opportunities to engage in postsecondary pathways,” said Dr. Brake. “As a district, we will continue to focus on ways to improve our graduation rate. Our redesign of alternative education with Gateway Academy and our efforts to expand career and technical education will greatly aide our efforts to engage our students and to provide them with the career and college readiness that they need to be successful in a global society,” said Dr. Brake. School-by-school highlights of the results include the following:
- Cravens- Proficient
- Estes- Needs Improvement- met all annual growth targets and progressing toward Proficient
- Foust- Needs Improvement- missed growth targets by half a point, but progressing toward Proficient
- Newton Parrish- Needs Improvement
- Sutton- Distinguished, met all annual growth targets
- Owensboro Middle School North Campus- Needs Improvement- met all annual growth targets, progressing toward Proficient, missed Proficient by one point.
- Owensboro Middle School South Campus- Needs Improvement- met all annual growth targets, progressing toward Proficient
- Owensboro High School- Needs Improvement, met all academic growth targets, missed Proficient by less than one point. However, graduation rate goal was not met.