The new school report card rating system in the state of Kentucky has been released.
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The system that rates individual schools and districts across the Commonwealth was posted Tuesday morning.
Daviess County, Henderson County, and Hopkins County School Districts came in with an average rating of 3 stars.
Owensboro Public School averaged 3 stars on the elementary and middle school level, but received a 2 star rating in the high school category.
No high school in the area received above a 3 star rating. On the middle school level, both Hancock and McLean County Middle School were rated at 4 stars.
As students at Marie Gatton Phillips Elementary in Sacramento in McLean County go for high grades, the school is celebrating its own top rating.
“We were almost in disbelief, but we were also very excited,” said teacher Nikki Anderson.
It was one of more than 50 schools statewide to get a five-star rating under the state’s new rating system. McLean County elementary and middle schools averaged four stars, and its high school got three stars.
“We’re a small county, and I believe overall, we focus on the family, and the students and those relationships, and we really know our students,” says teacher Carlene Logsdon.
Owensboro Public School Chief Academic Officer Dr. Matthew Constant says to get a better sense of how a school performs, parents should look at accountability scores and other data and see where any achievement gaps are.
“One school’s 3 star is not another school’s 3 star because of all the calculations that go into making it. Parents need to be more informed by going to that school report site, which will show where the gaps might be,” says Dr. Constant.
Back at MGP Elementary, Principal Jeff Jones says while he’s happy at the school’s rating, there’s always room for improvement.
“Maintain your momentum is hard to do sometimes. We’ve got some areas. There’s always room for growth. I know there’s a few areas where we’ll set goals a little higher and try to reach those as well,” he says.
(This story was originally published on October 1, 2019)