Greater Clark County Schools Still Has Work To Do

by Devin Katayama on August 19, 2011

Greater Clark County School students began classes this week with its No Child Left Behind goals met and all elementary schools making adequate yearly progress. But the district still has a lot of work to do, said Superintendent Stephen Daeschner.

Last year’s ACT results were released this week. Unlike Kentucky, Indiana does not require all students to take the ACT test. Around 29 percent of students were tested and overall they scored above the national average. But Greater Clark County students didn’t meet the same mark.

Students from the district who were tested, had a combined score around 20, said Daeschner. The national average is 21.1.

This year, all the district’s students will take some version of the test beginning in 7th grade and Superintendent Stephen Daeschner said this year, the county will have a better idea of how its students compare with the state. The tests are being funded completely from the district’s educational foundation, he said.

“The foundation over here has stepped up and is paying for all the kids to take all the tests. So we are making it mandatory that all kids take the test,” said Daeschner.

The district made significant improvements over the past year. Some schools increased student achievement by 32 percent and all elementary schools met the federal guidelines for adequate yearly progress, he said.

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