JCPS Behind on College and Career Ready Goals

Jefferson County Public Schools has not met college and career readiness goals, joining 40 percent of school districts around Kentucky; but communication between students and the state has improved and now has a single focus. This year’s new accountability system will focus on whether students are ready for life after high school. For some that […]

JCPS High Schools Make Gains, But District Goals Not Met

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the state’s standardized test scores released Tuesday show both positive and negative results for the district. Only 16.5 (22 of 133) percent of JCPS schools met 100 percent of goals designed under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The goals are specific to each school and every goal […]

Low Achieving Schools Receive Federal Funding

A second round of federal funds for persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools is being distributed to Jefferson County Public Schools. Seven district schools are approved by the Kentucky Department of Education to receive one-year School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding this year. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Superintendent Donna Hargens toured Western Magnet high school today on […]

Auditors Will Review JCPS’ Policies, Procedures

Auditors will be in the Jefferson County Public School district soon to begin a curriculum management audit. Phi Delta Kappa International will visit schools and report on several issues involving district management. “The audit looks at everything,” said JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. It does look at finances, it looks at facilities, budget, transportation, everything—all parts of the system […]

JCPS Board Hears Student Assignment Recommendations

The UCLA professor and contracted expert on student assignment said it’s possible for Jefferson County Public Schools to create diverse schools with less transportation by next fall. “Well I think the longest ride times would be less than half the longest ride times now. That’s my guess,” Dr. Gary Orfield told the JCPS school board. […]

JCPS Board Expected to Hear Student Assignment Recommendations

The long-awaited California expert on student assignment is giving his recommendations to the Jefferson County School Board on Monday night, and neither the public nor the board knows what he might say. Dr. Gary Orfield is a professor at UCLA and was previously contracted by JCPS before to give recommendations on student assignment. Student assignment […]

U of L Works With JCPS Principals of Low Achieving Schools

Over the next year, University of Louisville professors will work with JCPS principals of persistently low achieving (PLA) schools to educate them on ways to manage issues PLA schools face. A total of 13 Jefferson County PLA schools are part of  22 schools on the state’s watch list. Seven were added this past year. Schools […]