|Highlands High School, along with every other FTIS school, was named a 2014 School of Distinction by the state/FTM file|
Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) has been named a 2014 District of Distinction by the state of Kentucky, one of only seven school districts in the state to receive such comprehensive recognition this year. FTIS ranked in the 99th percentile across the state.
The distinction is part of the Kentucky Unbridled Learning accountability model, a system for evaluating school districts established by Senate Bill 1 in 2009. In the Unbridled Learning accountability model, schools and districts were evaluated based on data and information about their achievement, gap, growth, college/career readiness and graduation rate.
Ginger Webb, FTIS Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, sees this newest distinction as testament to the value the city places in its school system as a whole, saying, "It is extremely rewarding to work in a school district that takes such pride in our schools. We are extremely pleased that each of our five schools is rated as Distinguished, and that we once again have been recognized as a District of Distinction in the state."
Not only was the district rated as Distinguished, but all five schools also received the rating independently, with impressive percentile scores of their own:
- Highlands High School: 99th percentile
- Highlands Middle School: 98th Percentile
- Johnson Elementary: 99th percentile
- Ruth Moyer Elementary: 98th percentile
- Woodfill Elementary: 96th percentile
FTIS received this recognition not long after the state approved funding for an overhaul of Ruth Moyer Elementary facilities, one of two school buildings left in the district due for renovation. Johnson Elementary is also overdue for facility improvements, making its 99th percentile ranking even more impressive.
Across Northern Kentucky, a number of other districts also received due recognition for significant gains made over the past year. Five of the seven Campbell County District schools, including Campbell County High School, also earned Distinguished ratings.
In fact, significant gains are being made statewide, according to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
"The numbers show, without a doubt, that we are making progress," Holliday said in a statement. "The gains we are seeing are the result of a lot of hard work by our teachers, administrators, and our students with the support of parents, community members and our education partners – they all share in this good news."