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Clay County Public Schools named a Proficient District by KDE


Superintendent Sexton would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their hard work and dedication to educating the students of Clay County; to the students for working hard and striving to reach your goals; and to the parents and community partners for working together collaboratively to help achieve this milestone.

Along with being a Proficient District, we have 4 schools that reached recognition status. Our schools in the Proficient Category are: Big Creek Elementary, Manchester Elementary, and Paces Creek Elementary.  To be a Proficient school in the Elementary division the overall cut score must be 67.2. 

We have one school in the Distinguished Category and that is Goose Rock Elementary.  To be a Distinguished school in the Elementary division a cut score of 72.8 is needed.

In Elementary and Middle School divisions the accountable areas are Achievement, Gap and Growth.  Each category is worth 33% of the final score.

For the High School division, there are 5 accountable areas, each worth 20% of the final score.  They are Achievement, Gap, Growth, College/Career Readiness, and Graduation Rate.

*Achievement is calculated at all grade spans.  One point for each percent of students scoring at distinguished and proficient, one half-point for apprentice, and novice receives no points.  A bonus is added if there are more distinguished than novice.

*Gap is the percent of students in the non-duplicated Gap group scoring proficient and distinguished on K-PREP (3-8, high school) in reading, math, science, social studies and writing. (Science was not accountable this year).  Gap groups include: African American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Limited English Proficiency, Free/ Reduced Lunch, and Disability with IEP.

*Growth is reported for grades 4-8 in Reading and Math.  Reading and Math are the only 2 subjects given at all grades 3-8.  For high school, PLAN  (grade 10) and ACT (grade 11) are used. The Growth calculation at all grade spans is one point for each percent of students scoring at or above the 40th percentile.  That defines typical or higher yearly growth.  Student growth percentile compares an individual student score to the student’s academic peers (those that score like the student).  One example would be if a student increases from one category to the next, from a novice to apprentice, or apprentice to proficient.   Another example of growth is if a student scores proficient last year, and scores proficient this year.  If that student didn’t increase his score by 40%, there would be no growth points given, even though he remained in the proficient category.

*College/Career Readiness is calculated by benchmarks on ACT, ASVAB or WorkKeys, KOSSA or industry certificate.  Bonus points are given if a student is both college and career ready.

Again we appreciate everyone’s efforts that have made this possible for our schools and District.  We have high expectations that all our schools will reach and maintain Proficient status.  Lots of good things are happening in our schools and each staff member plays a vital role in the success of their students.  Thank you for all you do.

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