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Pendleton County Schools Maintains Proficient Ranking

Proficient District

In a video statement to staff on October 1, 2015, Superintendent Strong said, “During the past four years we have been focusing on what is needed to move our students forward.  Today I am happy to share that your hard work and dedication has paid off.  We are a Proficient District.”  On September 29, 2016, Superintendent Strong congratulated the district for its designation as a Proficient District for the second consecutive year. 

 Pendleton County School District received an overall score of 69.1 based on a 100 - point scale for the 2015-2016 school year, giving them the category title of Proficient.  The district is now only 1.4 points away from qualifying as a Distinguished district.   In 2014-15 Pendleton County Schools ranked 10th out of 19 districts in the Northern Kentucky Region.  This year our ranking is 8th out of 19.  Pendleton County is 1 of only 11 districts in our region to improve their overall index from the release of data last fall. 

Administrators have begun the process of looking at data and are making a plan to lead their staffs through the analysis process.  We are proud of the work that is occurring and the growth mindset that is being created within each building.  The Kentucky Department of Education provides districts with information that classifies all elementary, middle, and high schools into categories.  Overall cut scores are used to assign a category to each school and district.  See the chart for Pendleton County Schools’ scores and category label. 


Overall Score


Northern Elementary


Distinguished/Progressing/High Performing School

Southern Elementary


Needs Improvement

Phillip A. Sharp Middle


Needs Improvement/Progressing/ Focus School

Pendleton County Memorial High



“While Northern Elementary has moved into the “distinguished” category and Pendleton County Memorial High has maintained that ranking, it is important to note that our two “needs improvement” schools have closed the gap to proficiency.  Sharp Middle School has narrowed the gap to 3.4 points and Southern Elementary is only 2.5 points away from proficiency.” said Anthony Strong, superintendent. 

Six years ago, Pendleton County Schools began using benchmark assessments for the purpose of delivering individual instruction based on data.  We have found a high correlation between our district assessment data and the state test scores which has helped move our schools forward.  This data has helped us identify the areas in which we need improvement and create plans to ensure that we make those improvements.                      

“I am excited about our future and what we can do to be better for our students.  Our staff works very hard and as a community we should be proud of what has been accomplished.  Teachers and administrators also know that there is still work to be done.  Our goal is to make sure that all of our students are college and/or career ready.  United in Pursuing Excellence.  These words must be a reality for our students and I know through hard work and dedication, we as a district, can make this happen,” said Superintendent Strong.

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