Scores from eighth-grade and 10th-grade tests released last week yielded a mixed bag of results for Jessamine County.
Average scores in each of four subject areas went down from 2010 to 2011 for the EXPLORE, given to eighth-graders in the fall; scores inched upward in each area for the PLAN, which 10th-graders take in the fall. Jessamine County’s EXPLORE composite average was 14.8, 0.4 points below the state average; the district’s PLAN average was 17.2, 0.2 above the state average.
Jimmy Adams, the district’s director of secondary schools, credited the PLAN increases to the high schools’ focus on the ACT for the past five years. The PLAN and the EXPLORE are both part of the ACT’s testing system.
“ACT will tell you if students are not doing well on EXPLORE, they’re not going to do well on PLAN or ACT, and we’re seeing those improvements on PLAN and ACT,” Adams said. “I’m not sure how to interpret that except that we’re making the effort that we need to in this area in focusing on it in high schools and middle schools.”