Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- School Report Card
- Continuous Improvement Planning
- Grant Management
- Gifted and Talented
- English as a Second Language Program
- Exceptional Education Services
- Professional Learning
Gallatin County Schools Reflect on KSA Test Scores
Gallatin County Schools have received data from the end of year Kentucky Summative Assessment, which students took in the spring. Administrators and staff are reflecting on the data and analyzing the results. This data is released to schools in the fall of each school year from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Overall, each school had areas of growth and areas of improvement based on this assessment. Administrators and school staff are analyzing the data and making decisions that will support individual students and overall school improvement.
Gallatin County Elementary overall score is 43.6, Gallatin County Middle School overall score is 47.3, and Gallatin County High School is 46.7. The new assessment and accountability system has a variety of formulas to calculate these overall scores including the number of students who scored novice, apprentice, proficient, and distinguished. Students in different grades are tested in different content areas.
Gallatin County High School had an increase in Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey and postsecondary readiness and the school scored above state average in graduation rate. GCHS will be putting an emphasis on all content areas and Tier I (core) instruction and assessments.
Gallatin County Middle School showed the most growth on the KSA by increasing the number of students above novice in all tested content areas. GCMS was able to exit a TSI status from last year. TSI stands for Targeted Support and Improvement and is assigned to schools by the state. GCMS will continue to strengthen their core instruction and align assessments with state standards to continue supporting students in all academic areas.
Gallatin County Lower Elementary Students do not take the KSA, but they receive the scores of the Gallatin County Upper Elementary. Gallatin County Elementary Schools saw an increase in Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey. English Language Learners showed profound progress on their end of year assessments. GCUE and GCLE will be focusing on writing standards and instruction of writing, along with alignment of standards in all content areas.
Last year, the district held a comprehensive review of the ELA curriculum, where teachers and administration identified gaps. This year-long process was helpful by identifying much needed resources and support for teachers and students. The same process has started for the math curriculum in the district.
Gallatin County School District continues to fine tune all processes and procedures under the Multi-tiered Systems and Supports (MTSS) umbrella. This means that school staff and stakeholders are identifying academic, behavior, and social-emotional needs and collaborating to determine solutions to meet the needs of students.
All Gallatin County Schools are reviewing all school data to update School Improvement Plans which will be shared with and approved by the Gallatin County School Board. These plans include input from school staff and community partners.
District instructional protocol
Our schools are constantly monitoring and trying to identify ways to improve. We must find ways to include our students, parents, teachers, community and business leaders in these conversations.
View our district instructional protocol. In-other-words, what should we see happening in every Gallatin County Public School classroom. We will be facilitating discussions and providing opportunities for everyone to have a voice in defining what instructional equity should look like in Gallatin County Public Schools. Students should have the same opportunities to receive high quality instruction focused on standards in all grades and all classrooms.
Also coming soon, the profile of a Gallatin County Graduate. What does our community expect a Gallatin County Public School graduate to know and be able to do when leaving our system? "Content matters, skills matter more and motivation matters most," Tony Wagner, a globally recognized expert in education. So what content should students know, what skills should they possess and what should be their motivation? This has to be a true community effort. This may define how we can be accountable to our community.
District Instructional 3 Year Goals:
1. Gallatin County Schools will have a district-wide curriculum aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards.
2. 100% of students exiting elementary, middle and high school will successfully demonstrate proficiency on the Kentucky Academic Standards.
End of Year 1 Goals:
1. Gallatin County Public Schools will have a district-wide K-12 adjusted curriculum and pacing guides aligned to Kentucky Academic Standards for each subject by grade.
2. All classrooms will be observed by the Chief Academic Officer. Feedback will be provided to teachers and school administration. Observation data will be used in identifying needed support for students and teachers.
- Gallatin County Schools Gifted and Talented Program Handbook.
- Gallatin County Schools Gifted and Talented Teacher Forms.
District Gifted and Talented Program
Gallatin County Schools English Language (EL) program is one that provides instructional
support for children who are learning English. The purpose of our EL program is to ensure
"children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain
English Language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet
the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as
all children are expected to meet". (ESEA Part A, Section 3102).
The staff of the Gallatin County Public Schools believe that all children should be held to high
academic expectations and that all children should participate in the general education program
to the maximum extent of his/her abilities with appropriate support. It is in the general classroom
setting with English speaking peers that students learning English will be the most motivated to
communicate ideas and knowledge.
Each student identified as an EL student will have a program service plan written with his/her
specific strengths and weaknesses in mind. EL students shall continue to have equal access to
district programs including, but not limited to, gifted and talented, special education and other
non-academic/extracurricular activities. Although parents are encouraged to allow their children
to participate, the program is not mandatory.
The EL Program is designed to provide English language learners with the English language
competencies needed to participate successfully in grade-appropriate instructional activities in
challenging academic subjects.
Gallatin County Schools ESL Coordinator
The purpose of Child Find is to identify and locate any disabled children, birth through 21 years of age, who may be in need of special education and related services due to possible hearing and speech impairment, visual disability, behavioral-emotional disability, mild/moderate disability, orthopedic impairment, deaf-blind, multi-disabilities, or learning disability.
With this information, the school districts can help determine if all resources are being considered for those children and adults with potential special needs. The school districts will make sure any child or youth who has a disability, regardless of how severe the disability, is provided an appropriate public education at no cost to the parents of the child or youth.
If you know of a child or youth who lives within the Gallatin County School District and may not be receiving services, please contact us.
Special Education Resources
Amber Perkins-Director of Special Education
phone number: 859-567-1820 ext:7200
- Gallatin County Lower Elementary
- Gallatin County Upper Elementary School
- Gallatin County Middle School
- Gallatin County High School
Gallatin County Lower Elementary has adopted EL Education for K-2 Language Arts Curriculum. EdReports has given EL Education K-5 Language Arts the highest possible rating as it meets all expectations. Click here for the full report. The curriculum was adopted in the Spring of 2023 the school has started implementing the new curriculum in the 2023-2024 school year.
Gallatin County Middle School has been using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Literature. The district English Language Arts curriculum review committee did review the curriculum in Spring 2023 and decided the curriculum met all requirements. The Middle School staff are currently exploring the many resources and supports HMH has to offer our teachers and students. Into Literature meets alignment and usability requirements in EdReports. Click here for a full report.
Gallatin County High School has adopted Odell Education High School Literacy Program. EdReports has given Odell Education's High School Literacy Program the highest possible rating as it meets all expectations. Click here for the full report. The curriculum was adopted in the Spring of 2023 the school has started implementing the new curriculum in the 2023-2024 school year.
- District Assurances
- Executive Summary
- Continuous Improvement Diagnostic
- Needs Assessment
- Superintendent Gap Assurance
- Comprehensive District Improvement Plan