|Published: 9:24 AM, 05/15/2013
||Last updated: 9:24 AM, 05/15/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-How do Monroe County
schools measure up to surrounding areas?
Upon their request, Director of Schools
Mike Lowry recently gave the Monroe County Board of Education members
all available testing and progressive scores so they could compare
the school system to surrounding systems. In a brief discussion
before the closure of the School Board meeting on Thursday, board
members expressed concern with the data.
"I don't understand why our scores
are so far below the surrounding counties when our graduation rates
so high," said 3rd District Board member Sonya Lynn, noting the
lower scores in reading and math.
When asked why some scores were lower
in comparison to other areas, Lowry said
some of it could be due to "district elements."
"They can read and they can do math
or they wouldn't have graduated," said Lowry. "Our students would
not be graduating if they cannot meet the requirements of the state
Board of Education. We're teaching the standards to prepare our
students to graduate from high school and be college and career
Board members called the system's
"They're not bad; they're just not
where we want them to be," said 1st District Board member Larry
Stein suggested they start looking at
the leadership within each of the county's 13 schools.
"Do we have leadership in each of
those schools that are willing to be instructional leaders, who will
push the teachers to where they need to be?" questioned Stein.
See full story in the Wednesday, May 15, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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