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Tilghman scores show improvement

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

Some preliminary Paducah high school student test scores show an increase in students meeting college-ready benchmarks.

Donald Shively, assistant superintendent of instructional programs and incoming superintendent on July 1, presented end-of-course final scores of four Paducah Tilghman High School and Choices Education Center courses to the Paducah school board Monday.

Adjustments may still be made on some of the final exam results, but Shively said overall the current scores show an improvement in college readiness for all four courses: English 10, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History. The students tested were primarily freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) sets standards of whether a student is ready for college in a particular course. The CPE-linked results Shively shared Monday relate final exam results to the CPE benchmarks.

Of the 215 students who completed the English 10 final, about 57 percent met the benchmark, which is up about 3 percent from last school year.

There were 136 students who completed the Algebra II final, and about 36 percent met the college-ready standard. That increased 8.5 percent from last year.

Biology final results showed 40 percent of the 223 students met the college-readiness benchmark, which was up 5.5 percent. In U.S. History, 52 percent of the 205 tested students met the benchmark in contrast to last year's 44 percent.

"We're trending in the right direction," Shively said.

Shively said ACT high school test scores and K-PREP tests results for elementary schools and middle school students should arrive this summer.

Also Monday, board chairman Carl LeBuhn thanked outgoing Superintendent Randy Greene for his service. Monday was Greene's last regular board meeting. In the nine years LeBuhn has been on the board, he's only worked with Greene as a superintendent.

"I've never had any concern about the integrity and the direction of the district under his leadership and I've never been concerned about him following policy, following guidelines, him not being an excellent steward of our money," he said. "I've never had any concerns about him not trying to promote teachers and administrators in this district who rise to the highest level of their capabilities ... we're going to miss Dr. Greene and his leadership."

 Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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