Pineville test scores increase by 3 points

By Kelsey Gerhardt kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com

July 23, 2014

Pineville Independent School Board received word at their meeting Monday that several areas of standardized test scores have been on the rise from previous year’s scores including unofficial ACT scores which raised nearly 3 points.

Dr. Robert Thomas from Eastern Kentucky University’s Math Initiative analyzed some official and unofficial scores from Pineville’s most recent testing cycles and presented his findings to the board.

“Overall, the academic climate in the schools is good. We’re meeting our benchmarks, but we’d like it to go faster,” said Thomas.

Thomas highlighted that the reason some of the preliminary scores have waivered is due to new students coming into the district and some moving away. He believes that because so many students are transferring in and out of the district, the test results do not show the true effect the Pineville education system has on the testing population.

The elementary scores from the standardized Measure of Academic Progress test will be available at the August board meeting.

Russell Thompson was introduced to the board as the newest member of Pineville Independent School staff. Thompson will be the assistant principal and assistant athletic director for the upcoming school year.

Pineville Independent recently received their annual energy usage report from Kentucky School Energy Manager Chris Taylor, which stated there was a 10 percent usage reduction. This cutback has saved the school nearly $32,000 since 2011.

In an executive session, the board voted unanimously to name the newly consolidated K-12 school Pineville Independent School. The name change and grade changes will become effective for the upcoming school year.

Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.