The Logan County school system liked what it found this week when comparing its Explore and Plan test scores to other schools in the region.
The assessments, precursors to the ACT college entrance exam given to all public high school juniors in the state, test knowledge in English, mathematics, reading and science.
The Explore test is given to all 8th-grade public school students. It provides an early indicator of readiness for college, provides important information for building a high school academic plan and helps students identify careers in which they might be interested.
The Plan test is given to all 10th-grade public school students in Kentucky each September. It serves as the midpoint check of academic progress in high school. It is designed to improve students’ preparation for education, training and work after high school while students still have time to adjust their high school courses
As a district, Logan County ranked first overall in the region in the Explore testing - ahead of school districts like Glasgow Independent, Bowling Green independent, Barren County and Muhlenberg County, which were all in the top five.
“We’re really thrilled with the results we saw from both tests,” said Logan County schools assistant superintendent Mike Hurt.
Logan County middle schools had an average composite score of 16.9 on the Explore test. That was the eighth highest in the whole state among 174 school districts.
Lewisburg Middle School came in with the top score overall in the county at 18.2. That ranked tops in the region and fourth out of the 324 middle schools statewide.
“That was a huge gain for Lewisburg,” Hurt said. “We’re very pleased with them.”
All four of Logan County’s other middle schools also ranked in the top seven regionally. Auburn was second (and 16th statewide) with a score of 17.2. Adairville was fourth in the region at 16.5 and Chandlers and Olmstead tied for seventh with a composite score of 16.2.
On the Plan test, Logan County High School ranked seventh in the region with a composite score of 17.6. South Warren High School had the top score of 18.8.
“We’ve been steadily progressing for the last six years and we’ve been anticipating a leveling off or a even drop in scores because of that - but we haven’t seen it yet,” Hurt said.
Statewide, overall student performance on Explore and Plan tests remained relatively unchanged in 2013, according to data released by the Kentucky Department of Education.
“We saw some minor shifts up and down in the results but they still compare favorably with the rest of the nation,” Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said. “In fact, in a couple of subjects, our students outperform students elsewhere.”
He pointed out that more Kentucky students took the tests this year and that can result in somewhat lower scores