Despite the district being in a transition year that included a leadership change, the building of a new administrative team, and a corrective action plan, JCPS showed improvements. Growth scores at the elementary level are higher than the state average, and more than 100 schools reduced their number of Novice readers. Additionally, middle schools saw the highest percentage of Proficient and Distinguished students in reading since 2012.
“We are laying the foundation for a brighter future for all of our students and our hard work continues,” JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said. “We are finding more ways to engage students in meaningful learning experiences through our Backpack of Success Skills. As we look at these results, we see the challenges but we know what is possible. I believe our Academies of Louisville initiative will help increase transition readiness, and we have strategies in place with our racial equity policy to help close the achievement gap with our students. We will move this district forward.”
The results released today by KDE reflect testing conducted in the spring. There are new federal guidelines in accountability that were used to determine this year’s results. Schools are now classified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, formerly known as priority schools, and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. TSI schools have a student group or groups performing at or below the bottom 5 percent. JCPS has 21 schools identified as CSI and 64 TSI schools. Although JCPS has 21 CSI schools, the district’s percentage of statewide CSI schools dropped by 34 percent.
“We recognize there is a long road ahead and we must improve student outcomes. The groundwork is in place and we are implementing that work at all levels,” Dr. Pollio said. “Significant investments have been made to ensure that students will succeed. There is more instructional support in schools than ever before in this district, and I have no doubt we will see results and success.”
Watch Dr. Pollio speak with media members about the results here.