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Paperwork error affects Beechwood Elementary's test results

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 22:02:02-04

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- Beechwood Independent Schools is one of Kentucky's highest-ranking school districts. 

However, a recent report released by the Kentucky Department of Education listed Beechwood Elementary School as a candidate for "Targeted Support and Improvement." School officials said someone made a mistake. 

Kentucky recently adopted a new set of tests to evaluate how students are performing in subjects like math and science. Students' scores are lumped into categories like gender and ethnicity, and schools with one or more student groups performing poorly are identified for Targeted Support and Improvement. 

The state identified 418 schools for TSI this year, including 25 percent of all elementary schools.

In Beechwood, two students were labeled incorrectly, causing the school to be identified as TSI, district officials said. 

"We double- and triple-check the scores, but we did not go back and look at each and every individual kid, whether the label was correct, until we got the final list, then we saw that two kids were definitely labeled wrong," Superintendent Mike Stacy said.

The district sent a letter home to parents both explaining and apologizing for the mistake. Officials said the state would correct the error on their school report card.