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EJH top performing middle school in Fayette Co.

Our entire team of teachers, school staff and leaders at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School is committed to helping all children succeed.  We monitor their academic progress regularly with classroom assessments, MAP tests, observations and student work so that we can support them individually in areas where they struggle and accelerate their learning in areas of strength.

Sixth-, seventh and eighth-grade students in Kentucky take state tests annually to determine if they have mastered the content they are expected to learn each year. Based on their performance on those tests, the Kentucky Department of Education rates each school.

New state and federal laws mean the accountability system has changed again this year. Along with this letter, we have included a flier to explain the new rating system.

According to the results made public today, our school was the top performing middle school in Fayette Co., with an overall academic index of 74.6!  Our school is the only four-star middle school in the district, and placed the following categories as indicated:

  • Number one in the Proficiency Indictor (math and reading)
    • Number one in overall percentage of proficient/distinguished students in reading
    • Number two in overall percentage of proficient/distinguished students in math
    • Lowest percent of students scoring novice in reading
    • Third lowest percent of students scoring novice in math (.6 points separated the top three schools)
  • Number one in the Separate Academic Indicator (science, social studies, and writing)
    • Number one in overall percentage of proficient/distinguished students in science
    • Number one in overall percentage of proficient/distinguished students in writing
    • Number three in overall percentage of proficient/distinguished students in social studies
    • Lowest percent of students scoring novice in science
    • Lowest percent of students scoring novice in writing
    • Third lowest percent of students scoring novice in social studies
  • Numbe three in the Growth Indicator for Math and Reading (1.6 points separated the top three schools)

In addition, we are proud to announce that we ranked 14th in the state compared to all middle schools!

Despite the great news, we also recognize that we still have work to be done.  Our scores were high enough to warrant a Five Star rating, but one star was removed due to our achievement gap with students with disabilities.  We dedicated out annual two-day staff retreat, along with our monthly faculty meetings, to address these issues, and expect to see substantial gains this year with our increased focus on strategies to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

The Kentucky Department of Education has indicated that individual student reports will be sent to schools in the next month. When they arrive, each family with a child who was tested last spring will receive a report, along with information about how to interpret the results and help your child continue to grow.

Our families are crucial partners in this work. Thank you for all that you do to support the success of your children.

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