District achieves "Distinguished/Progressing" rating

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools Achieve 'Distinguished/Progressing'

District's rising success puts it in top 10 percent in 2016 state report cards

ERLANGER, KY (September 29, 2016) ? With the escalating achievements of its individual schools, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District has reached a new, high classification of "Distinguished" in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability results. The 2015-16 assessment results were publicly released by the state this morning.

The district's achievements in the annual assessments ? often called Kentucky's school report cards ? ranked Erlanger-Elsmere in the top 10 percent of school districts across the state. Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools also won the added classification of "Progressing" for the district's exceptional progress in increasing its overall score on the annual assessments and exceeding its annual measurable objective goal.

"We are so very proud of every school in our district," said Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, Superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. "The overall 'Distinguished' classification of the Erlanger-Elsmere School District is only possible because of the results of all schools in our district. Each school’s calculations are combined to make up the district’s calculations."

The Erlanger-Elsmere district increased its overall score from a year ago by 6.4 points and exceeded its annual measurable objective goal by 7.8 points. The district's overall increases reported this week had built on the gains made in 2015 over the previous year.

District's Individual Schools Achieve

For the second consecutive year, the district's high school ? Lloyd Memorial High School ? ranked in the top 10 percent of high schools in the state, again earning it the classification of "Distinguished".

Tichenor Middle School especially is celebrating significant progress this year. Tichenor earned the classification "Progressing" and achieved the "Proficient" category as it increased its overall score by 9.3 points and exceeded its annual measurable objective goal by 11 points

The district is also proud of its four elementary schools:

Lindeman Elementary made exceptional strides, increasing its overall score by 16.1 points this year and exceeding its annual measurable objective goal by 19.9 points. Now ranked in the top 10 percent of elementary schools in the state, Lindeman earned a "Distinguished" classification and a "Progressing" classification. Because its gains were so extraordinary ? the kinds of gains only 10 percent or fewer of the schools achieve ? Lindeman also was classified in the reward category of "High Performing/High Progress School".

Arnett Elementary, for the second consecutive year, also earned the classification of Distinguished, ranking in the top 10 percent of elementary schools in Kentucky. Erlanger-Elsmere Schools named 'Distinguished/Progressing' Page 2 It is the mission of the Erlanger-Elsmere Schools to embrace and attend to the individual needs of our students, regardless of the obstacles.

Howell Elementary increased its overall score by 9.4 points and exceeded its annual measurable objective goal by 11.2 points. Those gains gave it a "Progressing" classification as it was classified as "Needs Improvement."

Miles Elementary increased its overall growth score but was classified as "Needs Improvement."

"Our state assessment scores are from a moment in time and we will celebrate them, but they are never as important as the daily successes our teachers and staff make possible in classrooms with students every day," Dr. Burkhardt said.

"I want to thank all our dedicated teachers and staff for all of the things they do that do not show up in a state test score," she added. "They are the people who make our district a wonderful place for our students to learn and grow."

The district has implemented a number of measures to help ensure students are prepared for success in the classroom and – more importantly – in life, including after they graduate.

By collaborating with a number of community partners and addressing the needs of the whole child, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools has created strong relationships with families and significantly augmented services for children.

By beginning the educational process years before a student enters kindergarten with a comprehensive community approach to preschool, the district and its partners are working to break down barriers to learning and ensure each child enters school with the tools they need to get off to a good start.

At the other end of the spectrum, Lloyd High School’s College Signing Day program, its strong dualcredit program with area colleges and its growing advanced placement offerings are helping make the dream of college a reality for more and more of its students.

Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District provides a nurturing environment for students in preschool programs, four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one alternative school. We are proud to say our schools and programs serve children from birth through high school. We embrace and attend to the individual needs of all our students to engage them in learning and enable them to reach their greatest potential. Our district has a culturally diverse population of about 2,400 students in a community of approximately 20,000 people in Northern Kentucky.

More information at http://www.rcnky.com/articles/2016/09/29/state-test-results-another-mixed-bag-river-cities-nky-schools and http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/education/2016/09/29/ky-report-cards-good-and-glaring-bad/91221730/ 

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