Reading and Math Achievement, Newport Independent Schools

Newport Independent Schools uses the Kentucky Core Content Test to assess progress in reading and math. The targets reported below represent the state level AYP (adequate yearly progress) targets. Grade four has been designated as a critical milestone for student progress in reading, representing a shift from learning how to read to reading to learn. Competence in mathematics is essential for functioning in everyday life as well as for success in our increasingly technological workplace. Early assessment in both reading and math is important in order to ensure students are achieving at grade level and to offer interventions to those who are not. 
What It Tells Us:
Fourth grade reading scores have generally been fluctuating with a 14 percentage point decrease from the previous year and a 4 percentage point decrease from the baseline year. There remains a gap between the district and state scores. Although falling 9 percentage points from the previous year, eighth grade reading scores match the baseline year with some fluctuation over the 7 year period.

What It Tells Us
Fourth grade math scores have steadily declined over the past four years, widening the gap between state and district scores. However, since the baseline year, the number of fourth grade students scoring proficient on state math exams has increased 23 percentage points. Eighth grade math scores increased 9 percentage points from the previous year, representing a 44 percentage point increase over the baseline year. A 5 percentage point gap exists between state and district scores for 2010-11.
*Ohio and Kentucky use different assessments to measure achievement, therefore the data are not comparable across states.