SHEPHERDSVILLE -Principals from all three levels were very pleased with the discussions on the first day teachers had to analyze results from the first spring of Unbridled Learning testing.
Knowing that the scores would drop due to the new Core Standards testing, Bullitt County school officials were not disheartened with the results they received.
Members of the Bullitt County Public School Board were briefed on the figures during its quarterly academic assessment meeting recently.
“It’s a benchmark,” said board chairman Lorraine McLaughlin.
While board members listened to some of the details behind the test and where they will go in the future.
The meeting was on a day in which students were off and teachers were in school working on professional development relating to the test results.
Gayle Korfhage, principal at Roby Elementary, said she had suffered headaches when the results were released.
Roby was placed into a category as a school which needs improvement.
What Monday turned out to be was a super day, according to Korfhage.
Teachers looked at the school report cards and then broke into teams.
Calling it a great attitude, Korfhage said she felt much better at the end of the day.
At Zoneton Middle, principal Rita Miratella said the day was spent looking at individual student scores from the past two testing cycles.
Teachers talked about strategies that had worked and those which could be expanded throughout the school.
North Bullitt High principal Jeff Marshall said teachers were placed in 17 groups of five.
He said a major concern was voiced when it was declared that 52 percent of the North Bullitt students were reading at a novice level.
“If you can’t read, you can’t do well in other areas,” said Marshall.
Another goal will be to do better in helping students to schedule their classes. Marshall said the school staff will take a much more active role in making sure students are career and college ready, a requirement for graduation by 2015.
Board member Dolores Ashby felt that teenagers may need that extra help in providing focus in their curriculum.
“Somebody needs to direct them,” said Ashby.
She hoped that the continued efforts in the elementary schools would eliminate problems faced at the high school level.
Marshall said all three high schools have been very active in working together on strategies.
He said that the three schools might fight in the sports arena but they are all pulling together to help students excel in the classroom.
Brad Hughes, a director with the state School Board Association, complimented the school board for taking the time to put emphasis on student learning.
Jan Stone, the data analyst for the district, said it will take time to go through all the information provided.
Superintendent Keith Davis said the credit for the district’s improvements over the past five years should go the administrators and the faculty.
“Our teachers are becoming such leaders,” said Davis.
He complimented the principals for setting the right tone in their buildings. He said they are providing the leadership needed and they are also providing a lot of feedback from the field.
Terry Price, director of elementary education, said that the addition of instructional coaches has been very important. Instead of being an extra person in the schools, Price said they ae working hard on student learning and the results are now being seen.
Board member Sammy Allen said he was proud that the district has gone from being in the bottom 20 districts and has now moved to the top 50 percent.
Tim Wiseheart, another board member, said that students are taking responsibility and the environment for higher learning is now present.
Ashby complimented leadership in the district for also pushing scores higher.
The principals have done an excellent job, according to Ashby, and all the staff members are working hard to help students.
“I’m so proud,” said Ashby.
While pleased, Davis said the goal is still to be at the top of the state’s rankings.
Anyone wanting to see the individual school report cards can go to www.pioneernews.net and click on the public school community link. Once there, you can go to the district’ website.