News 11-2-2012

KDE Announces State Schools Scores; Johnson Co./Paintsville Districts Receive High Marks

The Kentucky Department of Education has released test scores for school/district accountability. This data marks the first release of data from the Unbridled Learning accountability model, which Kentucky implemented beginning in the 2011-12 school year. This data reflects test scores and other information from that school year. The Unbridled Learning model holds public schools and districts accountable for five primary areas:
· Achievement – student performance on subject-area tests
· Gap – gaps in academic performance among students who are ethnic minorities, have disabilities, are English language learners or come from low-income households and students who do not fit into those categories
· Growth – student academic growth in reading and mathematics
· College/Career Readiness – how well schools and districts prepare students for life after high school
· Graduation Rate – how many students graduate on time

Each school and district received an overall score on a scale from 1 to 100. These scores were rank-ordered by district and by elementary, middle and high school levels, then percentiles were established so that each school and district will receive a percentile rank. Schools and districts also received overall classifications, based on their overall scores:

· Distinguished – the top 10 percent of districts or schools from the elementary, middle and high school levels (90th percentile)
· Proficient – in the top 30 percent of districts or schools from the elementary, middle and high school levels (70th percentile)
· Needs Improvement – schools/districts falling outside of the Proficient or Distinguished categories and not meeting their AMOs (at or below the 69th percentile)

Both local school districts in Johnson Co.did a phenominal job in these new test, but there is always room for improvement. Taking a look a the scores for Johnson Co.School District, their overall score was 58.7, which is a 75% score (Proficient), ranking the Johnson Co. School District #44 throughout the State out of 174 School Districts, (25th ranked when including ties). Individually some high scores for some individual schools in the county. W.R.Caste scored 72.5, which is 95% and the honor of Distinquished/School of Distinction. Meade Memorial scored a 72.3, which is 94% and the honor of Distinquished/Highest Performing School. Porter Elementary scored a 63.6, which is 74% and considered Proficient. Johnson Co. overall was the #1 highest scoring county school district in Eastern Ky. 24th ranked out of all county school districts.

As for the Paintsville Independent School District, they too did an outstanding job. Ranking 27th throughout the State (15th when including ties), with a score of 61.3, which is 85% and considered Proficient. Indiviually, Paintsville H.S. received a 92% and considered Distinquished. Paintsville Middle School (6,7,8th grades) received 73% and considered Proficient and Paintsville Elem (3,4,5th grades) received 73%, which is considered Proficient.

Other area school district scores include: (in order of ranking) Pikeville Ind. 65.8, Knott Co. 55.6, Floyd Co. 53.5, Morgan Co. 53.2, Pike Co. 49.6, Martin Co. 49.2, Lawrence Co. 48.4 and Magoffin Co. 44.1. Each of these schools, except Pikeville Ind. where classified as Needs Improvement.

The Unbridled Learning accountability model is used for both state and federal reporting purposes. In early 2012, Kentucky received flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education to use this model in place of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) model that had been in place since 2001. To view all of these items, you may visit the Unbridled Learning page of the agency’s website: http://www.education.ky.gov. (this website will be available on the WSIP website at wsipfm.com.

Magoffin Co. Man Back Motions to Suppress Evidence

The federal drug conspiracy case involving 5 Magoffin County men could be taking a turn if the judge allows one of the latest motions. According to the Salyersville Independent, Howard Harlow Back, 76, of Salyersville, and 4 co-defendants, Roland M. Bailey, 52, Roland M. Bailey, Jr., 29, Jeffrey N. Bailey and Donnie Trusty, 44, was continued last month to November 19. Back is facing 2 federal grand jury charges for allegedly conspiring with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, from December 2009 and continuing to February 2012. In the original complaint, Back, along with other subjects, allegedly bought and distributed oxycodone, buying the controlled substance in bulk on trips to Florida. The four others were added to the defendant list in August, each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Last week, Back's attorney motioned to suppress any and all evidence seized from the search of his residence, citing that the affidavit for the search did not establish probable cause for a search warrant and officer's acted outside the scope of the search warrant by conducting, as Back's atorney states it, a "warrantless search of a safety deposit box located at Salyersville National Bank". Back's attorney has also ask for the return of the personal property belonging to Back, namely approximately $15,000 that was contained in the safe deposit box. He also requests and evidentiary hearing to prove that the items were seized lawfully. United States Magistrate Judge Edward Atkins ordered that the United States must file a response to Back's motion to suppress by yesterday, November 1. At news time, nothing has been released.
One of the co-defendent's Jeffrey Bailey has motioned for re-arraignment, asking that he be allowed to remain on bond pending sentencing since he has been compliant with pre-trial supervision and is the primary caretaker for his mother, who is in poor health.. Judge Atkins order that his re-arraignment  on the sole count of the indictment be held November 6 at 11 a.m. in the United States District Courthouse in Pikeville.The jury trial for Back, Trusty, Roland M. Bailey, Jr., and Jeffrey N. Bailey is currently scheduled for November 19 at 1 p.m. in federal court in Pikeville.

Greenup Co. Sheriff's Deputy Hit by Car

According to reports, the name of the man charged with hitting a Greenup County Sheriff's Deputy has been released. Bradley Cordle, 32, of Flatwoods, is being charged with fleeing, assault, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI, driving with a suspended license and being a persistent felony offender. Cordle was pulled over by Deputy Ryan Houston on Wednesday evening and was walking up to the car, but Crodle hit Houston with the car and drove off with his lights off. According to Greenuo Co. Sheriff Keith Cooper, Officer Rick Gullett with the Greenup Police Department attempted to stop Cordle, but was unsuccessful and Cordle continued to flee, but lost control of his truck and hit a utility pole. Cordle was arrested by the Greenup Police Department and is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center. Deputy Houston's legs were injured, but his injuries are not life-threatening and he is currently recovering.

Attorney General Conway Reminds Kentuckians About Election Fraud Hotline

Attorney General Jack Conway reminds citizens that they can help ensure a fair and honest election next Tuesday, November 6 by utilizing his Election Fraud Hotline. The hotline is available throughout the year during normal business hours. On Election Day, investigators from the Attorney General's Office will staff the hotline from 6 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. EST, while polls are open. In addition to the Election Fraud Hotline, General Conway will have investigators monitoring polling precincts across the state to immediately respond to voting irregularities and/or complaints. The Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute violations of the Kentucky Election laws. By law, the Attorney General administers programs to observe the conduct of elections, maintains the toll-free Election Fraud Hotline, investigates and prosecutes violations of Kentucky's election laws and conducts post-election audits based on random selection in counties throughout the Commonwealth. As a member of the Kentucky Election Fraud Task Force, General Conway's office also works closely with the Secretary of State's Office, U.S. Attorneys in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Kentucky Board of Elections, Kentucky State Police and FBI to prevent and investigate allegations of vote fraud during elections. The Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline is 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).

Beshear Hopes To Pass Gambling In Next Session

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday he appointed his chief Republican rival in the Legislature to a judicial post because he was the best qualified applicant for the job, not because getting him out of the way would improve the chances of legalizing casino gambling in the state. Beshear, in his first public comments since appointing Senate President David Williams circuit judge in southern Kentucky, said he had a responsibility to pick the best person for the job. Williams had been a hindrance to Beshear on some of his top legislative priorities, including a push to lift a constitutional ban on casino gambling in Kentucky. Beshear told reporters it's "too early to speculate" on whether Williams' departure will improve the chances of getting the Legislature to pass such a measure. If lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment during the next session, which begins in January, Beshear said it would then be placed on the ballot in 2014 for voters to ratify or reject.