Kentucky Report Cards: How well did NKY schools do?

How well did Northern Kentucky public schools do in 2022-23?
How well did Northern Kentucky public schools do in 2022-23?(Gray Media)
Published: Nov. 3, 2023 at 2:09 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2023 at 2:11 PM EDT
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY (WXIX) - The Kentucky Department of Education released the 2022-23 State Report Card late Tuesday night and Northern Kentucky schools ranked in various spots.

Overall, Kentucky schools are ranking in yellow territory, meaning students are testing and scoring “medium” compared to other state public schools across the nation. However, there was some score increase in reading and math.

School LevelReading Proficient/DistinguishedMath Proficient/DistinguishedScience Proficient/DistinguishedSocial Studies Proficient/DistinguishedWriting Proficient/Distinguished
Elementary School47%42%35%42%43%
Middle School45%37%23%34%43%
High School44%33%10%37%41%

There are five colors each school can be ranked in: Red (the lowest performance), orange, yellow (medium performance), green, and blue (the highest performance).

Campbell County Public Schools

Elementary Schools - Green

Green is the second-highest score schools can get on the Kentucky State Report Card, and Campbell County elementary schools did exceptionally well.

Out of the five schools, Donald E. Cline Elementary received one of the highest rankings followed by John W. Reiley Elementary.

Elementary SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
Campbell Ridge ElementaryGreenYellowGreenN/AGreen
Crossroads ElementaryOrangeOrangeOrangeN/AOrange
Donald E. Cline ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
Grant’s Lick ElementaryGreenYellowYellowN/AYellow
John W. Reiley ElementaryBlueBlueGreenN/AGreen

Crossroads Elementary School performed the lowest, according to last year’s report card as the school scored orange in all academic subjects.

The indicator rating suggests math and reading scores have declined significantly and science, social studies and combined writing scores declined as well.

The report says the school’s climate and safety score has also declined.

Middle School - Yellow

Campbell County Middle School ended up maintaining similar scores and remained at a medium status in reading and math, according to the report card.

Students, however, did increase scores in science, social studies and combined writing.

This is the only public middle school in Campbell County and serves over 1,100 students.

Middle SchoolOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
Campbell County MiddleYellowYellowGreenN/AYellow
High School - Yellow

Reading and math were not Campbell County High School’s strongest scores as they appeared to be on a declining trend. A little under half of the students tested with a proficient or distinguished score, according to the report card.

However, the graduation rate is 97.2% while the state’s is 91.4%.

This is the only public high school in Campbell County, serving over 1,400 students.

High SchoolOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & SafetyGraduation RatePostsecondary Readiness
Campbell County HighYellowOrangeYellowN/AYellowGreenBlue

The Campbell County School District sent out a statement to parents and staff regarding the results.

Boone County Public Schools

Elementary Schools - Green

There are over a dozen elementary schools in the Boone County Public School District, several of which scored blue in multiple categories, while some scored in the yellow and orange zones.

Longbranch Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School and North Pointe Elementary scored blue in almost every category but green in the school’s quality and safety.

What determines a school’s quality and safety is based on the students’ opinions of the school and how they feel with their peers, teachers, and the overall atmosphere.

According to the survey, 32% of students at Stephens Elementary School do not agree that all students are treated the same if rules are broken.

In addition, 50% of them strongly believe students being mean and hurtful is an issue at their school.

Other schools who ranked orange in this category reported similar data, specifically with student behavior.

Elementary SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
A M Yealey Elementary SchoolOrangeOrangeOrangeBlueYellow
Burlington ElementaryGreenGreenYellowN/AOrange
Charles H. Kelly ElementaryBlueGreenBlueN/AGreen
Chester Goodridge ElementaryBlueBlueBlueYellowYellow
Erpenbeck ElementaryBlueBlueBlueBlueYellow
Florence ElementaryYellowYellowGreenBlueOrange
Hillard Collins ElementaryYellowGreenYellowBlueOrange
Longbranch ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
New Haven ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
North Pointe ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
Ockerman ElementaryYellowGreenGreenBlueGreen
Shirley Mann ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AYellow
Steeplechase ElementaryGreenBlueGreenGreenOrange
Stephens ElementaryYellowYellowYellowGreenOrange
Thornwild ElementaryGreenBlueGreenN/AYellow
Boone County Middle Schools - Green

Middle schools in Boone County overall did pretty well last year, but there was some decline in two schools’ English Language Proficiency (ELP) programs and the climate and safety within some schools.

Looking at the report card, Ockerman and Rector A. Jones are the only two middle schools to receive scores for ELP, and they did not perform well.

The two schools also did not show high performance in the quality of the school and its safety for students.

Bullying appears to be a problem at both middle schools and at Ballyshannon, according to school climate survey.

However, the difference between the three schools is Ballyshannon students showed an increase in academic performance, ranking blue.

Conner and Gray middle schools overall ranked in the blue category on the federal level while also performing well academically.

Middle SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
Ballyshannon MiddleGreenBlueBlueN/AOrange
Camp Ernst MiddleYellowGreenGreenN/AGreen
Conner MiddleBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
Gray MiddleBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
Ockerman MiddleYellowGreenOrangeOrangeOrange
Rector A. Jones MiddleRedYellowRedRedOrange
Boone County High Schools - Yellow

Larry A. Ryle High School was federally ranked green overall, and was the highest scoring Boone County public high school.

Ryle students showed an increase in all academic studies and the rate for graduating students increased as well.

One area the school lagged in and even showed a decline was in its ELP program.

High SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & SafetyGraduation RatePostsecondary Readiness
Boone County HighOrangeYellowGreenGreenYellowYellowYellow
Conner HighYellowGreenOrangeOrangeGreenBlueYellow
Larry A. Ryle HighGreenGreenGreenOrangeGreenGreenGreen
Randall K. Cooper HighYellowYellowOrangeN/AGreenGreenGreen

Boone County Superintendent Matthew Turner acknowledged that the district is the third largest in Kentucky and recognized the achievements some schools made, along with what is helping students improve. STEM classes, such as Project Lead the Way, are one of several ways students can learn while participating in hands-on projects.

In addition, Turner says mental and physical health is something the district is taking into high consideration for students and staff.

Kenton County Public Schools

Elementary Schools - Green

The majority of Kenton County elementary schools did well overall except for Beechgrove Elementary School, based on the state report card.

Beechgrove was the only public elementary school in Kenton County that did not get an above-average overall federal score. Two categories that brought the scores down the school’s score are science, social studies and writing performance and the student survey.

According to data collected by the state, only 28% of students scored proficient/distinguished in science, 34% proficient/distinguished in social studies, and 19% proficient/distinguished in writing.

The school also did not perform well in its student survey as behavior and bullying seems to be an issue based on the results.

Ft. Wright was the highest-performing school, scoring blue across the board.

Elementary SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
Beechgrove ElementaryOrangeGreenRedBlueOrange
Ft. Wright ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/ABlue
James A. Caywood ElementaryGreenGreenGreenGreenGreen
Kenton Elementary SchoolGreenGreenBlueN/AGreen
Piner ElementaryGreenGreenYellowN/AGreen
R C Hinsdale ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
River Ridge ElementaryGreenGreenBlueBlueGreen
Ryland Heights ElementaryBlueBlueBlueN/AGreen
Taylor Mill ElementaryGreenBlueGreenN/AGreen
White’s Tower ElementaryGreenGreenGreenN/ABlue
Summit View AcademyGreenGreenBlueN/AGreen
Middle Schools - Yellow

Overall, Kenton County public middle schools were ranked yellow, which is a medium or average score.

The highest-ranked of the four schools was Twenhofel Middle School, which ranked green in reading and math, blue in science, social studies and writing, and green in the student survey.

One school that lagged academically, but still did okay overall is Summit View Academy, which hosts K-8th grade.

According to the indicator rating, the middle school declined in its progress, and less than half of the students performed proficient and distinguished in all subjects.

Middle SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & Safety
Summit View AcademyYellowOrangeOrangeN/AYellow
Woodland MiddleGreenGreenGreenN/AGreen
Twenhofel MiddleGreenGreenBlueN/AGreen
Turkey Foot MiddleYellowGreenYellowYellowYellow
High School - Yellow

Of the three public high schools in Boone County, Simon Kenton was ranked the highest in most categories compared to the two others.

Over 1,800 students attend Simon Kenton and 92% of those students say the school is a caring place with teachers who care, the report card indicates.

Scott High School trailed behind Simon Kenton as student scores in reading and math did not live up to expectations. The scores ended up declining with less than 50% of students performing proficient and distinguished.

Despite having low to medium scores in academics, Dixie Heights High School had a 97.7% graduation rate this past year.

High SchoolsOverall Federal ScoreState Reading & MathState Science, Social Studies & WritingState English Language ProficiencyState Quality of School & SafetyGraduation RatePostsecondary Readiness
Dixie Heights HighOrangeOrangeYellowYellowGreenGreenGreen
Scott HighYellowOrangeGreenN/AYellowYellowGreen
Simon Kenton HighYellowYellowGreenN/AGreenGreenGreen

On Nov. 1, Kenton County Superintendent released a letter to parents and faculty members about the district’s successes and what could be improved on this coming year.

“We want to thank all of our stakeholders for their commitment to our students through a growth mindset and daily efforts. We are very proud of our work and results and are committed to continuous growth of our instructional priorities to ensure an equitable learning environment for all,” the letter said.

One are the superintendent says could improve is higher proficiency levels for all students and focusing on schools who may have scored lower than the average.

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