PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County School Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb was excited to announce recent state assessment results for Floyd County Schools.
Webb expressed excitement about the district’s performance and growth.
“We are thrilled Floyd County Schools continues to be a Distinguished “Progressing” District as well as 1 of only 5 Districts of Distinction in the state. This year our district ranks number 15 out of 173 public districts in Kentucky,” Webb said.
Webb highlighted the positive overall district performance. Floyd County Schools scored at the 98th percentile for the second consecutive year in the state and have seventeen schools categorized as Proficient or better. Every middle and high school is Proficient or higher and twelve schools are in the top 10% in Kentucky public schools.
“One of the most positive findings from this year’s state assessment is having four elementary schools in the state’s Top 20 (May Valley, 2; McDowell, 3; Allen, 9 and John M. Stumbo, 19); having the number one middle school in the state (John M. Stumbo), and having our high schools being ranked higher than ever before (Allen Central High School, 31; Betsy Layne High School, 26; Prestonsburg High School, 87; and South Floyd High School, 104),” Webb said. “Additionally our district is the number two performing school system in the region for the second consecutive year compared to 19 surrounding districts. We are pleased to announce that once again our district improved with a .6 overall growth increase.
“We have 12 Distinguished schools – Allen Central High, Allen Elementary, Betsy Layne High, Stumbo Elementary (6-8), May Valley Elementary and McDowell Elementary are Schools of Distinction; Allen Central Middle, Stumbo Elementary, Prestonsburg High, Osborne Elementary, Allen Elementary (6-8) and Betsy Layne Elementary (6-8) are distinguished schools. South Floyd (middle and high), Duff Elementary, Adams Middle and Prestonsburg Elementary are Proficient schools. Betsy Layne Elementary K-5 is labeled Needs Improvement.”
Webb also commented on the district’s secondary performance.
“Our high schools are performing better than ever,” Webb added. “Raising test scores is fantastic and this growth is a result of increasing our focus on preparing students to be college and/or career ready and using new strategies that are aligned with our digital conversion project. We’re doing a better job of preparing our KIDS for postsecondary opportunities and that’s our most important learning function: preparing our KIDS for the future.”
Webb also discussed the focal point for growth: novice reduction.
“While we outperform the state in all areas, we are going to shine our brightest light on Novice performance,” Webb commented. “We want all our kids to meet benchmarks and Novice performance is not acceptable. We will be focusing on research based strategies, interventions, blended learning, whatever it takes to ensure our KIDS have the skills and have mastered content they need to meet performance benchmarks.” Naming/Claiming and ensuring every child meets his/her maximum potential is essential for their future success.
A special-called board of education meeting to celebrate the assessment results will be held at Prestonsburg High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We want to celebrate with everyone who contributed to our success,” Webb exclaimed. “We ask you to join us as we cheer for our KIDS and our team. We want you to experience how passionate we are about ensuring the Floyd County School System remains a district of excellence for all Floyd County KIDS, the best KIDS in the world. “We are thrilled with the results and continue our work to meet identified goals for ALL Floyd County KIDS. We’re continuing to raise expectations because we are about ‘Every Child Every Day’ in the Floyd County School System.”