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Bluegrass Schools See Lower Testing Scores Across the Board, Disrupted School Year to Blame

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the annual School Report Card for the 2020-2021 school year, and the scores are down across the board.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 4:18 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 7:18 PM

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the annual School Report Card for the 2020-2021 school year, and the scores are down across the board.

The statewide testing was completed in May of 2021. After a year of quite extraordinary learning circumstances, we saw lower testing scores across our area too.

“Absolutely," said Matthew Constant, superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools. "The numbers reflect what happened 18 months prior to when we took the snapshot in May of 2021.”

According to data from the Department of Education, many Kentucky schools had less than 50% of their students scoring at “Proficient” or “Distinguished, and officials say another reason for the unusual data is due to how many kids didn’t get tested at all.

“Our data was unusual this year," said Jana Beth Francis At any given assessment, we had anywhere from 12%-25% of our students who didn’t take the test, because they were on virtual learning.”

Owensboro Public Schools said they knew they’d see lower scores after such a difficult 18 months, and they’re taking one huge lesson away from this.

“In-person instruction is paramount to success, so we have to everything we can to try to keep kids in school," said Constant

And Owensboro Public Schools are confident that their students will have much better scores this time next year, thanks to consistent in-person learning.

“We’re going all in the right direction in all of our subject areas in all grade levels, so I really anticipate seeing incremental growth and hopefully exponential growth," said Constant.

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