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Ballard County Middle School

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Posted June 4, 2008

I'm a student and I think Ballard is a great place to go to school it's very easy to make friends their and our teachers are very great to the students. Yes I do agree that we don't have much Bomber Pride and our academics are very poor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

I appreciate the opportunity for EVERYONE to express their opinions... that's what makes our country so great! Moreover, I appreciate the opportunity to offer a rebuttle to a couple of the reviews posted here. First, Ballard County Middle School's students and staff work very hard every day to achieve academic success. To say, 'The academics are not that good...' and 'the academics are just so so' is simply false. Each year, for the past five years our state test scores have had significant gains. One needs to only click on the TEST SCORES tab above to see the most recent year's results. At BCMS, student learning is priority, and it shows. And to say that teachers are counting the minutes until the day is over, one needs only to look at the parking lot after 3:00 pm. Most staff work until 4:00 o'clock.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2007

Ballard County Schools,in general, have a beautiful new facility on the outside. On the inside, most teachers are cranky and counting the minutes until the day is over. The academics are not that good and the athletic department is embarrassing. The Bomber Pride is just not there anymore. I have always been told that beauty is only skin deep and that it's what's on the inside that matters! I would love to see that Bomber Pride shine again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

The band program has a really involved teacher, Kelley Ray, who's great with the students. He wants them to enjoy band/marching band and not feel totally stressed out. My son has been in band for the last three years, and if it had not been for Mr. Ray's encouragement he wouldn't be there now. My son is totally into music now because of all he's learned in the band program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

If it's atheletics your after choose another school. The academics are so so. About half of the teaching staff are caring individuals. The rest should stay home. At this school it it all about who you are.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students57%
Female71%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students34%
Female41%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female57%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female69%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
Female31%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female57%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female43%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female56%
Male49%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students35%
Female43%
Male27%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 81%
Black 4% 11%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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