Fri January 31, 2014
Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School
Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School kindergartners entered school ready, which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.
For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (Here's more on what "ready" means.)
Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data.
Of the 3,265 JCPS kindergartners considered who entered school "ready," 790—or 10.2 percent of the total—were considered to have higher levels of readiness, JCPS said.
Here's a little more information:
The racial achievement gap is an on-going issue for JCPS. The kindergarten screener data gives an idea of where students from various backgrounds are starting:
Officials note that Head Start students are, by definition, coming from low-income circumstances. Districtwide, students in the free or reduced lunch program, another indicator of low-income circumstances, were mostly unready—41.4 percent.
These are the 10 schools with the greatest percentage of school-ready kindergartners:
School Percent Ready
- Stopher Elementary 90.6
- Greathouse Shryock Traditional 89.9
- Brown School 87.5
- Audubon Traditional Elem 87.4
- Brandeis Elementary 84.9
- Dunn Elementary School 82.8
- Bloom Elementary 80.2
- Lowe Elementary School 77.4
- Fern Creek Elementary 74.2
- Tully Elementary 74.1
And these 10 schools have the smallest percentage of school-ready kindergartners:
School Percent Ready
- Minors Lane Elementary 10.7
- Wellington Elementary 18.2
- Kenwood Elementary 19
- Frayser Elementary 19.3
- Wheatley Elementary 19.7
- Cane Run Elementary 25.4
- Semple Elementary 26
- Gilmore Lane Elementary 28
- Portland Elementary 28.6
- Greenwood Elementary School 29.7
Here are results for every JCPS elementary school:
If you're having trouble seeing the numbers, go here.
Here's the data in map form. The darker the blue, the greater the school's kindergarten readiness score:
If you're having trouble seeing the map, go here.
The education department provided in-depth data for Jefferson County Public Schools, too. You can see that data here.
Another point of interest—many of the JCPS schools with the most-ready set of kindergartners also performed best in this fall's Kentucky Unbridled Learning results. Now, it's important to remember that the state accountability tests did not test kindergartners. The only way to understand how well a school is doing from these comparisons, perhaps, is to wait until this year's kindergartners are old enough to take the state accountability tests.
Here are the top five in the 2012-13 Unbridled Learning scores:
- Greathouse Shryock Traditional
- Stopher Elementary
- Brandeis Elementary
- Schaffner Elementary
- Carter Elementary
You can find all 2012-13 Unbridled Learning results here.
My colleague Devin Katayama on Thursday explored how JCPS teachers (and others) may use the data. He also recently explored why gathering information about how prepared kids are upon just entering the education system is important.
Students were tested before October.
All the data comes from the Kentucky Education Department.