Excuses, boredom, chaos: What Kentucky officials found at 21 JCPS low-performing schools

Student assignments with “little complexity, differentiation and rigor.”

“A pervasive culture of low academic expectations throughout the school.”

A “perception existed among some students that they could do whatever they want without fear of consequences.”

Those are just a few of the unflattering assessments Kentucky officials gave to 21 Jefferson County public schools that have been deemed among the lowest performing in Kentucky.

Now, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio must decide whether he will heed the state’s recommendation to remove four principals.

The Kentucky Department of Education notified JCPS last month that the principals of Shelby Traditional Academy, Johnsontown Road Elementary, Olmsted Academy South and Valley High School did not have the skill to lead their schools to improved student achievement.

Pollio expects to make his decision about those principals by the end of May, JCPS spokeswoman Renee Murphy said.

JCPS accounted for roughly 40% of the schools the stateidentified in 2018 as needing comprehensive support and improvement.

In addition to JCPS, the state recommended principals be removed at just three schools: at West Point Elementary, in Hardin County; at Silver Grove Elementary, in Campbell County; and at Rector A. Jones Middle School, in Boone County.

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