JCPS Connect exists to ensure that all Jefferson County Public School employees and stakeholders have accurate information about the progress they are a part of each day. The graphics below highlight the ways JCPS is moving and improving.
What’s new for 2015-16?
- Alex R. Kennedy Elementary will open on the site of the former Kennedy Metro
- Waldorf-inspired education will be offered through a new districtwide magnet
program at Maupin Elementary, a Catalpa Model.
- The Louisville Reach Academy will open at Atkinson Academy.
- The Minor Daniels Academy is a new alternative middle and high school.
- The Early Childhood Center has relocated to the Smoketown neighborhood.
- The Compassionate Schools Project will be offered at three elementary schools.
JCPS improved its overall score.
- JCPS made gains or stayed the same in 5 of the 6 areas of the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model
- 74 JCPS schools – approximately 54% - met their annual improvement goal set by KDE
- Gap group remained steady from 2014 to 2015, yet all students groups have increased in achievement since 2012
JCPS is improving operations.
- With guidance from the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, JCPS will undergo an extensive salary review to ensure competitive wages and proper allocation of taxpayer funds.
- It has also recently reduced the financial burden of lengthy supply lists on families.
- Changes to the student assignment plan are improving transportation efficiency.
93% of kindergarten students who apply to a cluster school during the initial period receive their first- or second-choice school.*
*This excludes magnets.
The average school bus ride time in the 2013-14 school year was 29 minutes. JCPS transports approximately 70,000 students each day.
The majority of employees making more than $100,000 serve in schools as principals, assistant principals, counselors, and other roles.
"JCPS has the second smallest percentage of district administrators and support staff of the peer districts.”
—Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts
2013-14 Kindergarten Supply List*
1 set of headphones
12 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
2 colored folders
8 dry erase markers
3 bottles of hand sanitizer
2 boxes of tissue
1 memo pad
2 boxes of Classic Crayola Markers
2 containers of baby wipes
1 Spacemaker school supply box
2 composition notebooks
1 large Prismacolor Magic Rub eraser
1 box of gallon-sized Ziploc bags
1 box of small Ziploc bags
4-pack of Play-Doh
1 Avery Durable Clear Cover binder
*Sample from one school
3 glue sticks
1 box of 24 crayons
1 box of 8 washable markers
1 pencil box or pouch
5 two-pocket folders
1 pair of scissors
Since 2011, JCPS has seen a 4 percent gain in parents who said they were happy with their JCPS school on the annual Comprehensive School Survey.
JCPS classrooms are supported
- Over the last ten years, the number of teachers has increased overall. Teacher salaries outpace those of local and national peers as well as inflation. An investment in our teachers is an investment in our classrooms.
- In the last school year, millions of additional dollars were redirected from central office to schools.
- JCPS teacher retention is 88.4 percent, and educator satisfaction is 89.0 percent.
The Jefferson County Board of Education has increased funding for traditional classrooms as well as extended time and interventions for students with academic needs.
The Board has approved competitive wages for employees even in challenging economic times.
The Board boldly invited the Kentucky Auditor to review JCPS operations in a spirit of continuous improvement.
Board members listened to parent feedback, making substantial changes to the elementary student assignment plan that have led to a more efficient system for families.
A thoughtful, strategic process overseen by the Board results in a balanced budget.