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Tremendous Performance on 2019 State Assessment

The 2019 state assessment results show Laurel County students and schools are again among the top performing students in the state. The Laurel County School district continues to see significant growth in student learning and achievement.

The hard work and diligence of high performance teams of teachers, staff, administrators, and our Board of Education demonstrate significant gains in the core academic content areas of learning for Laurel County students. State assessment scores for Laurel County Schools show academic growth and improvement in multiple areas. For example:

  • Laurel County School District students scored in the top seven percent of all Kentucky School Districts in Average Reading/Math Proficiency Rate.
  • Four out of the total 37 Five Star Elementary Schools in Kentucky are in Laurel County School District:  Sublimity, Bush, Hazel Green, and Hunter Hills all earned Five Star School Ratings.
  • Sublimity Elementary scored in the top 1% in the state among all 725 elementary schools for Proficiency.
  • Seven of 11 Laurel County School District Elementary Schools are rated as a Four Star or higher out of Five Stars. 
  • South Laurel Middle School Students overall scored in the top one-third of middle schools in the state.  South Middle School is classified as High in Proficiency.
  • North Laurel Middle students scored in the top six percent of all middle school students in the state and are classified as Very High in Proficiency.
  • South Laurel High School is classified as High in Proficiency. 
  • No Laurel County Schools are identified by KDE for Targeted Support and Improvement.

In response to this year’s state assessment results, Superintendent, Dr. Bennett noted, “Our school and district teams work tirelessly to continue to improve and show academic growth and high levels of performance.  However, we still have much to do to continue to make progress and growth across all content areas and grade levels.  These state assessment results are a testimony to the excellent work of our teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, Board of Education, parents, and community support”. 

Laurel County School District has much to celebrate regarding the achievements and progress of our students, staff, schools, and families.  Beyond state assessment scores, parent and community commitment and support helped our students and schools to achieve several other notable accomplishments this past school year, such as:

  • Three National Blue Ribbon Schools (Bush, Johnson, and Wyan-Pine Grove)
  • NLHS and SLHS recognized by US News and World Report as Among America’s Best High Schools
  • Outstanding Early Elementary Educator Award, Ky. Division of Early Childhood (Danielle Armstrong)
  • 2019 Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Teacher of the Year (Jen Riley)
  • 2019-20 Kentucky Department of Education Elementary Teacher of the Year (Melanie Callahan)
  • 2019 SLHS Band won the 4A State Marching Marching Band Championship
  • NLHS FFA students won the National FFA Environmental Science and Natural Resource Competition
  • National Rack Room Teacher of the Year (Melanie Alsip)
  • Mr. Jon Oliver named as Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Education Association
  • Kentucky School Public Relations Association Award for Best External Publication-  Laurel County Schools News Leader District Newspaper 
  • Dr. Doug Bennett named as F.L. Dupree Superintendent of the Year.   

Students’ success is a reflection of skilled teamwork from the outstanding team of teachers, staff, and administrators across the school district and community.  The Laurel County School District looks forward to continuing to work together to provide for all of our students to graduate as productive citizens who are prepared to excel in college and career.



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