Graves Co. Schools provide 'Bang for the Buck,' efficiency, according to study | News
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Bluegrass Institute study, “Bang for the Buck 2012: How efficient are Kentucky’s schools?,” ranks districts’ efficiency ratio of ACT test scores to per-pupil spending.
Efficiency is making better use of available resources, according to staff education analyst Richard G. Innes, the report’s author. The study identifies four “Diamond in the Rough” school districts: Graves County, Eminence Independent, LaRue County and Mason County.
Each posted efficiency scores at least 10 percent above state average, while their student lunch eligibility rates equal or exceed state average. Their ACT composite scores and graduation rates surpassed state averages, too. Common threads among the four include using credible data to establish high expectations; emphasizing strong and respectful relationships among stakeholders; and using digital learning to maximize resources.
“We hope that all Kentucky superintendents will learn from the excellent model of efficiency provided by these districts,” said Jim Waters, interim president of the Bluegrass Institute.
Pictured at the award presentation are, from left, Graves County school board chairman Ronnie Holmes and then-Superintendent Pete Galloway along with Waters and Innes.
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