CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - According to new test results Campbell County Schools now rank 3rd out of all Northern Kentucky School Systems.
In a press release issued from the Campbell County School System they site Eighty percent of Campbell County Schools' students reached proficiency in reading according to No Child Left Behind. The percentage was only slightly less in math with 73.5 percent reaching proficiency. Both scores are well beyond the goals set for the district by the state.
Over the last 5 years, Campbell County Schools has increased the percentage of proficient students with disabilities and those qualifying for free and reduced lunch by more than 30 percent in reading and math.
"Overall, the student population is seeing huge gains. It is evident that the changes we've made have had a positive impact on our students' learning," said Associate Superintendent Dr. Shelli Wilson. "Increases such as this do not come without an intense focus on curriculum, instruction and assessment and that is clearly where our focus is. We have involved everyone at every level in student achievement."
CCS did meet 10 of 13 targets (76.9 percent) set by the state. Those missed were the reading goal for students qualifying for free and reduced lunch and both the reading and math goals for students with disabilities. The criteria on which these categories are graded will be changed by the state beginning with this year's testing cycle.
Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, outlines numerous changes to Kentucky's assessment and accountability program. SB 1 created a three-year interim period (2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11) and a new state assessment program beginning in 2012. The interim period allowed Kentucky time to develop the new assessment system while maintaining components necessary for federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reporting.
"I am proud of the large gains we made as a district and credit our staff for making needed changes that allowed those gains to happen. This is what can be done when people work together," said Superintendent Glen A. Miller in reference to the increases seen across the district.