December board meeting hears input on grading scale
The last meeting of the Paducah Board of Education for 2014 continued many of the themes that had been started early in the year. The board meeting, which was held at Clark Elementary, started with songs from the Clark Elementary choir and continued with recognition of student achievements and mid year graduates. The board continued to receive input from parents on 21st Century Skills and the district grading scale.

During the special recognitions portion of the meeting, district p.r. intern Puja Patel was recognized for her service to the district. Patel (PTHS '10) worked as an intern in public relations from August through December this year. Meg Hancock and Milan Doan were honored for receiving perfect scores on sections of the ACT. Marcus Corbett was recognized as an Outstanding Scholar in the National Achievement Program, which is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarshhip Corporation. PTHS mid year graduates Richard Burnett, Isaiah Knox, and Angel Wilson received their diplomas. You can see photos of the students who were honored here.

During the open discussion portion of the meeting, the board continued hearing suggestions from parents, faculty, and staff on two questions. The first question was "What are the essential 21st Century Skills needed by graduates of Paducah Tilghman? The second question asked for input on what the grading scale should be for the district. Currently a 94-100 constitutes an A, 83-93 a B, 70-82 a C, 62-69 a D, and 61 and below a failing grade. The board also asked for input on when elementary age students should begin to receive numerical scores for their work.

In the "items of interest" portion of the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Will Black gave a report on student achievement that focused on the Paducah Tilghman High School state report card and Advanced Placement scores.

Black reported that the Kentucky School report card for PTHS for 2013-14 had been corrected to show the classification at "Proficient/Progressing". Black also reported on AP scores at PTHS. He noted that:
1) There was a positive trend in the percentage of total AP students with scores of 3 or greater. The percentage has beaten the state average since 2011 and beat the global average in 2013 and 2014.
2) Tilghman's Advanced Placement passage rate (the percentage of exams with a score of 3-5) is best in the region with a 56.3% passage rate.

The Board approved the school calendar for 2015-16.

Members of the board will continue to invite and gather input from parents, teachers and each other at the remainder of their traveling meetings. January's meeting will be at Morgan Elementary and February's at McNabb Elementary.
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