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Mercer Shows Improvement In New Report Card

School Report Card Part 2: Mercer County

Sybastian Biran Dunn is ecstatic after graduating from Mercer County Senior High School back in May. School administrators are also proud that their hard work is paying off with improvements in the lasted school report card.

April Elli

Herald Staff

Mercer County Schools received a three star rating across the board for each of its four schools within the district. The high school was only four points shy of receiving four stars.

Lower test scores have overshadowed the Mercer School district for the last few years, but Superintendant Dennis Davis said the improvements in this year’s results show the steps the district have been taking are working, especially in reading and math.

“We are finally seeing the results from everything we have put in place for the last two years. We have added math and English coaches and those scores have raised across the district,” said Davis.

The school district also  hired Jason McAllister as the chief academic officer to keep Mercer moving in the right direction.

In the high school, transitional readiness improved by 12 points, jumping from 64 to 76 while the graduation rate, which has remained high, also improved to 98.2.

At King Middle School, the percentage of students scoring at novice level in reading and math fell for the fourth consecutive year. The Mercer County Intermediate school improved in proficiency in reading, along with improved index scores in science and on-demand writing.

“We were very excited that the school exited the TSI status because of the gains made,” said Davis.

Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) means a school has one or more groups of students whose performance is at a very low level, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

“We will continue to be proactive in the steps we take to make sure our students receive the best education possible and leave our school equipped to succeed in the college classroom or workforce,” said Davis.

Find out how Mercer County and other school systems were assessed online at

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