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Some KY schools 'need improvement' based on new K-Prep results

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In Henderson County, three schools scored proficient, while the rest were designated 'needs improvement.' In Henderson County, three schools scored proficient, while the rest were designated 'needs improvement.'
KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

Friday, scores have been released for a set of new tests taken by students in Kentucky schools.

That test is called the K-prep test. It replaces the old core content tests.

14 News spoke with local school districts about their results and what they mean.

While these scores weren't as high as some districts hoped, administrators say they're a starting point for how to grow in the future.

"From here on out, we'll just be seeing these scores go right back up," said parent Bill Stephens.

Stephens is the parent of a senior at Henderson County High School. He says the scores are about more than numbers.

"I realize this is a starting point<" said Stephens. "It's kind of like going to the doctor's office to get a baseline test done."

School officials say this is the first year for the new K-Prep test, which measures students in five areas, including college and career readiness.

"The rigor has increased and they have a lot more of a challenge and a higher bar to reach," said Union Co. Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Malinda Beauchamp. "We know our kids can do it, though. We're excited about that."

On a scale of 0-100, Union County says their district received a 50.9 along with 69% of school districts in the commonwealth.

In Henderson county three schools scored proficient, while the rest were designated 'needs improvement.'

"Where we are going to improve in our school system and across the state will be the focus that we put on the classroom and what happens between the teacher and the student," said Superintendent of Henderson County Schools Dr. Thomas L. Richey.

Parents like Stephens tell us they think the new tests will ensure students have the right tools for life after high school.

"It's going to take more education and there's so much more to learn nowadays," Stephens said. "And to have the assessments tied to that I think makes perfect sense."

On that 0-100 scale, the highest score locally was 60.1% in Daviess County, followed by another 'proficient' score in Ohio County.

For a full list of those scores, click here.

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