County schools post modest gains

Photo by Kristen Luther
A state Education Department report found most Carter County schools meeting state academic requirements with Range Elementary School (above) showing some improvement in math and science but continuing to score lowest in the school system.

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  Carter County Schools received average scores on the 2004 Report Card, which was released on Friday. Compared to the state level, county schools were on target with the state except in math with a "C".
  The average ACT grade did improve in all areas except reading, which dropped one tenth of a point.
  Central Elementary School maintained a "C" average in the four areas of math, reading/language, social studies, and science. This school has improved scores in the K-8 writing tests in the 4th/5th grades from a score of 3.4 or C in 2002, to a score of 4.2 or A. This is above the state level average score of 3.9. Cloudland Elementary also maintained a C average on all the subjects, but also improved writing scores in the 4th/5th grades to a score of 3.9 or B. Hunter Elementary also received C grades in all four subjects, while scoring 3.9 in both the 4th/5th and 7th/8th grade writing exams.
  Hampton Elementary did improve its scores on the K-8 Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement to a C in math from the 2003 grade on the norm referenced academic achievement grade of D. Writing scores for the 7th/8th grade levels improved to a score of 4.0 or A from a 3.8 or B in 2003.
  Happy Valley Elementary surpassed the state averages in all subjects with an A in math, and B's in reading/language, social studies, and science. Happy Valley Middle also scored B grades in math and science as well as maintaining an A in the 7th/8th grade level writing exams.
  Keenburg Elementary received D grades in all four subjects but improved the writing exam scores in both grade levels to a B grade.
  Little Milligan Elementary improved two subjects with a B in math, up from a C in 2003, and to a C in social studies, up from a D in 2003. 7th/8th writing scores exceeded the state average with a score of 4.1.
  Range Elementary received the worst scores in the system, but did improve grades from 2003. In reading/language and social studies the school scored a 39 or F in both subjects. However, grades in math and science were brought up from F in 2003 to D in 2004.
  Unaka Elementary improved writing exam scores to 4.2 or A from a score of 3.8 or B in 2003 in the 4th/5th grade levels.
  Valley Forge Elementary scored 47 or D and 48 or D in social studies and science. The school did improve the score of the 4th/5th writing exam to 3.8 from a 3.5 in 2003.
  Happy Valley High School improved the percentage of Gateway Proficient and Advanced in the English exam by seven percent from 2003. Current scores revealed only 3 percent of students were below proficient. Average ACT improved in all four areas, gaining .2 points in the composite score of 19.4. Unaka High School students also improved their ACT average score to 18.5 from an average score of 18.2 in 2003.
  Cloudland High School was better than the state average of 10 percent below proficient on the Gateway English exam with only nine percent below proficient. Unfortunately, 32 percent were below proficient in the math Gateway exam.
  Hampton High School bettered the state average of 19 percent of students scoring below proficient on the math Gateway exam. Hampton only had 10 percent of students score below proficient in math.
  Director of Schools Dallas Williams was out of town at an educational conference on Friday. He could not be reached for comment.
  The 2004 Report Card can be viewed at the Department of Education's Web site at