By Matthew Tungate
In just three years, the Bell County school district more than tripled the rate of students considered college and career ready.
The reasons for their success vary, with principals and staff at the district’s high school and combined elementary/middle school citing strong alignment to the new Unbridled Learning accountability system and corresponding academic standards, dedication to meet individual student’s needs, and partnerships that have made college admission an expectation.
But there also is a less tangible and no less important reason that schools in the county nestled deep in southeastern Kentucky are improving, they said.
“We love them and treat them like our own,” said Susan Brock, a 4th-grade science teacher at Bell Central School Center. “If they go out and they fail, then we fail.”
Nanette Hensley, assistant principal and curriculum coach at Bell County High School, agreed, saying educators at the school love and care about the students as they want others to care about their own children. Continue Reading