Ryan Kuykendall, DCS Director of Accountability and Research, reported accountability report details to the Board of Education on September 19th.
“Acceleration was a huge increase for us. We have a lot of students getting college credit with Dual Credit and AP courses,” Kuykendall noted. “We also have students obtaining a National Certification for Industry with Career Tech. This is so important for our students’ future.”
He shared various charts and graphs with board members and reported that 6th and 7th grade math scores are the strongest area for the district. He also revealed that DCS has the top two traditional middle schools in the state.
“Lewisburg Middle School is the #1 ranked middle school in the state, and Hernando Middle School is ranked #2.” Kuykendall said.
“DeSoto County Schools has two of the top five traditional high schools in the state,” he noted. “Hernando High School is the #2 ranked high school, and Center Hill High School is the #5 ranked high school.”
College and Career Readiness was another area of improvement.
“Our percentage of seniors demonstrating college readiness on the ACT is up, and we are very pleased to see that,” Kuykendall said. “The senior class of 2019 had the most 30+ ACT scores in the history of Desoto County Schools. There were 148 seniors with an ACT score of 30 or higher.”
Kuykendall said one area of focus for the District is the ELA low-performing growth category.
“We now have almost 30% of our ELA students who are in the ELA low-performing category achieving at grade level. This group is the hardest group to push to the next level. This is a major focus for us. We have a spreadsheet that will soon be in the hands of each teacher showing all data points so that they can shape their instruction for these students. We are doing a lot of training and work on the Data to Instruction and PLC processes to do everything possible to grow these students,” he said.