While the brew continues to boil about a potential state takeover of the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), some are asking questions about how other state takeovers in Kentucky have worked out in the past. I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look at several Kentucky systems that were taken over some time ago but no longer are in state management. They are the Floyd County, Letcher County and Pike County school districts. I compared their latest educational performance measures to those for JCPS and the statewide averages. The results are in Table 1.
Very briefly, where you see scores highlighted in green in Table 1, those scores exceed the statewide average. Scores highlighted in pink are below state average but by less than five points. Scores highlighted in bright red are more than five points below state average.
It isn’t hard to see how JCPS stacks up against these three former takeover school districts as of 2017, but if you want more details, just click the “Read more” link.