Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman says he’s not happy with the accountability scores released today from the Kentucky Core Content Tests and No Child Left Behind. But he thinks the district has a bright future.
Thirty-seven JCPS schools failed to meet their No Child Left Behind Standards, and Berman says he finds it hard to hold them accountable for that.
“It is an impossible goal to reach, and every year it gets harder,” says Berman. “It is an unreasonable goal to reach.”
Ninety-six schools did reach their NCLB goals for the year.
As for the state tests, Louisville elementary and middle school students scored below students in the rest of Kentucky in most categories. JCPS high schoolers scored slightly higher than the rest of the state, except in science.
Berman says he’s started many new initiatives in his two-plus years at the helm, but change comes slowly.
“If the school system was looking for somebody – if any urban school system was looking for somebody who could come in and say ‘okay, in two years I will dramatically change everything’, I think you would have a miracle worker and I don’t think one exists,” says Berman.
The JCPS school with the highest accountability index was the Brown school, in downtown Louisville.