Despite some setbacks, last year’s eighth-grade students in Floyd County inched slightly ahead of their predecessors the year before on the EXPLORE test, while 10th-grade students had large enough gains to nearly meet state and national averages on the PLAN test.
The exams are tests created by the makers of the ACT and are designed to give educators some idea on their students progress towards college readiness. Both tests quiz students in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science.
Overall, Floyd County students are well ahead of their counterparts across the state and nation, when leaving eighth grade. Last year’s eighth-graders tallied an overall score of 16.1 on the EXPLORE test, compared to average scores of 15.4 statewide and 15.5 nationally.
Among individual schools, Betsy Layne Elementary and Stumbo Elementary had the highest scores on the EXPLORE test, at 16.6, followed by a 16.1 at Allen Central Middle School and 16.0 scores at Adams Middle School and South Floyd Middle School. Allen Elementary trailed the rest, with a score of 15.3.
On the PLAN test, Floyd County 10th-graders scored 17.0 overall, compared to an average of 17.3 statewide and 17.2 nationally. The 2012-13 score for Floyd County was nearly a full point higher than the previous year, while the statewide average advanced only 0.3 points and the national average fell 0.5 points.
Among individual high schools, Allen Central High School led the way, with an overall score of 18.0, followed by Prestonsburg High School, with 17.0. Betsy Layne High School scored 16.7, while South Floyd High School scored 16.3.