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Ballard Memorial High School

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Posted January 10, 2006

A former proud graduate of BMHS, when all the teachers WERE local family and friends, and your opinion and your child mattered. Gone are the good days where a parent volunteer was welcome. To-date we have moved into the 'NEW' school, where we are greeted with a cold atmosphere. Parents are unwelcome and felt a nuisance. The students have not been taught respect, and admiration. Only jealousy and negatism. Children are taught by example to make excuses and have owndership of nothing. Ballard is no longer a place I am proud to have an association with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Ballard Memorial High School recently moved into a brand new school. I'm reminded of the old adage that you can dress up a mule in fancy harness, but it doesn't make it a race horse or show horse...it is still a Jackass. That's the best analogy of the attitudes that permeate the faculty and administrations posture at BMHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I'm on the last leg of high school. With four months to go some days I wonder if I can last. It's been more like a prison term and the only thing I'm able to do is serve my time and keep my head down hoping that none of the students, faculty, or administration at BMHS take any notice of me in anyway. Going to Ballard Memorial High School is similar to being born poor all you can do is survive the best way you can, and work your way out of it. Teachers want to insist that High School is the best days of our lives Please God, forbid that from being true.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2005

I have lived here for 31 years, grew up here and went to School here. I think the Schools were better before they combined them. The Teacher's were better and so was the academics. There are some caring teachers but overall average they do not care. Do I know? Yes, I have children in the School system now. If I had a choice my children would go elsewhere. Out of all the Schools in this area, McCracken County including unfortunately this is the Best School for children to attend, that is as far as safety, I will have to give this School and A on that part. Of out all the School here, the best is Head-Start and Elementary. There are more caring Teacher's in those and the parent involvement is outstanding. Academically, the Schools were better before combining, due to more competition between other Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2004

As a recent graduate of BMHS I have to say there is no other school I would have rather attended. All of the teachers knew me by name and I was expected to excell and was pushed by my teachers to do so. Ballard has some of the most dedicated personel to do whatever they can so that a student can succeed. Ballard has a history of tradition and it im very important to the students, the familys, and the administrators. Ballard will not only prepare your child for college... it can prepare them for life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2004

Ballard Memorial High School is great school for the kids. The tests are wonderfull. They really prepare your kids for the test in 10th grade. And plus its not a big school at all and it's a very good environment for the kids. I give this school a 10.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 51% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
40%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%
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%
Female70%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students37%
Female52%
Male24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged35%
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 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

Writing

All Students55%
Female64%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged44%
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 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 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
26%
Biology I

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

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
22%
English II

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
41%
U.S. History

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
23%
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 Students27%
Female30%
Male24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students45%
Female53%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students51%
Female63%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged28%
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 93% 81%
Black 4% 11%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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