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Warren County schools excel on EXPLORE and PLAN tests

February 1, 2013
By Don Sergent of Warren County Public Schools

The release of this year’s EXPLORE and PLAN test results by the Kentucky Department of Education shows that Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) students are continuing their history of performing well on state and federal academic assessments. In both the EXPLORE (taken by 8th-grade students) and PLAN (taken by 10th-grade students), Warren County exceeded the state average composite scores and continued to show growth.

The EXPLORE results show the average composite score for students in all four WCPS middle schools improving from 15.4 in 2011-12 to 15.7 in 2012-13. That beats the state average composite of 15.4. Individual composite scores for the WCPS middle schools: Drakes Creek 16.2, Henry F. Moss 14.4, South Warren 16.4, and Warren East 15.3. Three of the four WCPS middle schools showed significant growth from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

The PLAN results show the average composite score for students in all four WCPS high schools jumping from 17.4 in 2011-12 to 17.7 in 2012-13. Statewide, the average composite climbed from 17.0 last year to 17.3 this year. Individual composite scores for the WCPS high schools: Greenwood 18.7, South Warren 18.9, Warren Central 16.1, and Warren East 17.2. All four high schools showed growth from 2011-12.

Statewide, Kentucky students scored higher on EXPLORE and PLAN tests in 2012, registering gains in every subject tested. The data also show more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

The EXPLORE test is given to all 8th-grade public school students and the PLAN test is given to all 10th-grade public school students in Kentucky each September. The assessments, precursors to the ACT college entrance exam given to all public high school juniors in the state each March, test knowledge in English, mathematics, reading and science.

“We’re extremely pleased with the results but are not surprised by them,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “Since the implementation of Senate Bill 1 (2009), we’ve been focused on getting students ready for college and career. These test results are a clear indicator of the progress that teachers and students are making toward that goal.”

EXPLORE provides an early indicator of readiness for college, provides important information for building a high school academic plan and helps students identify careers in which they might be interested. PLAN serves as the midpoint check of academic progress in high school. It is designed to improve students’ preparation for education, training and work after high school while students still have time to adjust their high school courses.

For a look at complete EXPLORE and PLAN results for WCPS and the rest of the state, go to this link:

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