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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper July 26, 2012 -13 Dd According to a report from Harvard University, Kentucky is tied for fifth place nationwide in the improvement of its stu- dents' performance in assessments of reading, mathematics and science since 1992. The report, Achieve- ment Growth: Interna- tional and U.S. State Trends. in Student Per- formance, was produced by Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance and pre- sented in Education Next, the program's journal. It was designed to deter- mine the extent of the United States' progress toward closure of the in- ternational education gap and offers estimates of gains from 1995 to 2009 for the U.S. and 48 other countries. The report also looked at changes in stu- dent performance in 41 states between 1992 and 2011 and compares states' rates of improvement, among other items. Based on results from the National Assessment Bath Countv's Kissick m es Players to Watch List Bath County senior quarterback Clark Kis- sick is listed as one of the Class 3A, District 5 Players to Watch in The Cats' Pause 2012 Kentucky Football Yearbook, which was published earlier in the month and is now available. Kissick (6- 2, 240) was the lone Bath County players to make the preseason watch list. As a junior, Kissick passed for well over 1,000 yards, leading the Bath County of- fense. Kissick com- pleted 82-of-179 passes for 1,321 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season. The Bath County signal- caller also rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Bath County completed the 2011 season 3-7. Bourbon County senior running back/ linebacker Kentayvus Hopkins is tabbed as the Class 3A, District 5 Preseason Player of the Year. Hopkins rushed for 2,957 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2011. Each of the six teams in Class 3A, District 5 is represented on the Players to Watch list. Others touted as play- ers to watch are Billy Abney (Garrard Coun- ty, Sr QB/LB, 6-2, 185), Garrett Caudill (Garrard County, Sr RB/LB, 6-0, 185), Zach Hart (Western Hills, Sr OL/LB, 5-11, 182), Brent Holman (Bour- bon County, So RB/S, 5-9, 175), Trevor Jones (Estill County, Jr QB, 5-8, 150), Dustin Keller (Garrard County, Sr WR/LB, 5-10, 180), Dakota Mitchell (Bour- bon County, Jr LB, 6-0, 190) and Jon Plow- man (Estill County, Sr OL/DL, 6-3, 275). Bath County will open the district por- tion of its schedule on Sept. 14 when it visits Estill County. of Educational Progress (NAED in 4th- and 8th- grade reading, mathemat- ics and science, Kentucky was noted as having a 2.7 percent gain (as an aver- age of the standard devia- tion) from 1992 to 2011. This ranked the state fifth among 41 states that par- ticipated in NAEP during the same time period. Kentucky fared well in other measures outlined in the report. - The state tied for third place in the greatest per- centage of reduction of students scoring Below Basic on NAEP at the 4th- grade level. (69 percent) - Kentucky tied for ninth place in the reduction of students scoring Below Basic on NAEP at the 8th- grade level. (42 percent) The state tied for eighth place in the reduc- tion of the percentage of 4th-grade studerits scor- ing below Proficiency on NAEE (30 percent) Kentucky tied for tenth place in the reduc- tion of the percentage of 8th-grade students scor- e ing below Proficiency on NAEE (20 percent) "these rankings rein- force what we've seen in Kentucky's NAEP per- formance, particularly at the 4th-grade level," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Hol- liday. "Our students are scoring at higher levels on NAEE and more of them are moving from the lower categories to the higher ones. While this is good news for Kentucky, the state comparisons and the data on U.S. per- formance contrasted with other countries remind us that we have much more work to do to get all stu- dents college- and career- ready The report noted that, 'q'he states making the largest gains are im- proving at a rate two to three times the rate in states with the smallest gains. States that were further behind in 1992 tend to make larger gains than initially higher- performing states. How- ever, their initial level of performance explains only about a quarter of the variation among the states. Also, variation in state increases in per-pu- pil expenditure is not sig- nificantly correlated with the variation in learning gains." Kentucky has partici- pated in NAEP assess- ments since 1992. NAEP administers reading, mathematics, science and other content-area tests to sample groups of students in states. From 1992 to 2002, state participation in NAEP was voluntary. Federal law now requires all states that receive Title I funds to participate in NAEP reading and mathe-. matics assessments at 4th and 8th grades. Student performance on NAEP is categorized as Below Ba- sic, Basic, Proficient or Advanced. The report also pro- vided estimates of learn- ing gains from 1995 to 2009 for the United States and 48 other countries. The findings come from assessments of, perfor- e e mance in math, science and reading, using data from. the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Sci- ence Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). According to the re- port, 'q'he gains within the United States have been middling, not stellar. While 24 countries trail the U.S. rate of improve- ment, another 24 coun- tries appear to be improv- ing at a faster rate. Nor is U.S. progress sufficiently rapid to allow it to catch up with the leaders of the industrialized world." 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