Western Kentucky counties scored slightly above the state average on Kentucky’s new testing standards. The state’s new accountability model measures districts through subject tests, achievement gaps, growth, college readiness, and graduation rates. Fifty-five point two percent was the state average of those areas, while western Kentucky’s average was 56.6 percent. Murray Independent School District was western Kentucky’s highest scorer, and Fulton County School District was the lowest.
The majority of districts show a need for improvement. But the Kentucky Department of Education officials say that was expected. The state got permission in February to use its own accountability model, rather than the federal No Child Left Behind system. The new testing system was put in place as part of nation-wide Common Core standards.
Four out of 17 districts that qualified as "Distinguished" were in western Kentucky. They are Marshall County, Lyon County, Calloway County and Murray Independent.
Below is the list of the 28 western Kentucky school districts included in the average calculation. Also included is the grade level category that earned the highest score for each district.
- Ballard County District – 58.7 Weighted Score (best middle)
- Caldwell County District – 58.6 (best middle)
- Calloway County District – 65.0 (best elementary) – High Performing District, Calloway County High School is a Highest Performing School
- Carlisle County District – 54.9 (best high school)
- Christian County District – 50.7 (best elementary) – Needs Improvement
- Crittenden County District – 58.4 (best elementary)
- Daviess County District – 60.1 (best elementary)
- Dawson Springs Independent – 57.0 (best elementary)
- Fulton County District – 44.4 (best middle) – Needs Improvement, Focus District, both elementary and high schools are focus schools
- Fulton Independent – 46.0 (best middle) – Needs Improvement, Focus District, elementary focus school
- Graves County District – 58.8 (best middle)
- Henderson County District – 55.4 (best elementary)
- Hickman County District – 56.7 (best elementary)
- Hopkins County District – 56.1 (best elementary)
- Livingston County District – 53.0 (best elementary)
- Lyon County District – 63.6 (best middle) – Distinguished
- Marshall County District – 64.9 (best elementary) – Distinguished
- Mayfield Independent – 57.8 (best high school)
- McCracken County District – 63.2 (best elementary)
- McLean County District – 57.7 (best middle)
- Muhlenberg County District – 54.6 (best elementary)
- Murray Independent – 73.3 (best middle) – District of Distinction, elementary level at Murray Middle School is a Highest Performing School
- Owensboro Independent – 45.7 (best high school) - Needs Improvement, Focus District
- Paducah Independent – 51.4 (best elementary) - Needs Improvement
- Todd County District – 56.1 (best elementary)
- Trigg County District – 58.1 (best elementary)
- Union County District – 50.9 (best elementary) - Needs Improvement
- Webster County District – 54.8 (best elementary)