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Spencer County High School

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Posted June 25, 2013

This school is horrible in every aspect of the word. Guns, fights, apathy from students and teachers. Mediocre would be a compliment. I have lived in 7 states and have had my daughter in 5 different schools, and this is by far the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

Spencer County High is the flagship of the school district. It has just completed a new renovation and reflects the leadership that makes our county strong. SCHS has one of the strongest FFA programs in the nation, the best dance program in the community, and an up and coming football program that has qualified for the state playoffs 2 years in a row. Spencer County High sets a great example for the other schools in our county to follow. We are very proud of our high school and the students and teachers who go there to promote education in our county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2005

I'm a sophmore at Spencer Co, High school and I believe on a scale of 1-10 we'd have maybe a five or six. We're improving, but not quite there yet. The old timers in this town don't want change, they think farming is our calling....but we need improvments in Spencer..such as an Emergency Medical program that keeps the teachers informed with how to recognize health problems that need tending to. I recently had to help a student with a life threatening situation, the teachers did not recognize. I will be going to the Principal with hopes to begin a program called J.E.T (Junior Emergency Team) to get the students involved as well.
—Submitted by a student


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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 51% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
37%
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 Students54%
Female57%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students32%
Female42%
Male24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities9%
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 Students60%
Female78%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities12%
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

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
18%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
20%
Biology I

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

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%
U.S. History

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

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
28%
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 Students26%
Female28%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students27%
Female24%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students61%
Female69%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students45%
Female42%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities27%
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 3% 11%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 35%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Taylorsville, KY 40071
Phone: (502) 477-3255

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