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November 27--  There's good news and bad news in the school performance reports this year in the Montgomery County school system.

According to School Superintendent Hugh Kight, the good news is that scores for the middle and high schools are up over last year, "We're very proud of our middle and high school.  Our middle school improved four points and our high school increased eight points.  Also, the high school had a 90.7% graduation rate.  We're focusing on standards based teaching trying to get some of our kids back home again in our schools," he said.

While both the middle and high schools have grades of "C," which is the state average, the Montgomery Elementary School got an "F" and is 22 points below the state average.

"Speaking with the principal, of course we're disappointed with the score, but we've made some changes trying to find the root causes for the decrease. We reinstated our reading program, we're restructured our intervention process, restructured our class schedule and our teachers now have a better understanding.  They meet every week to talk about the standards and they plan together every week plus we have a new lesson planning format.  We've put in a lot of new stuff for our elementary and we have the dedicated teacher to get us where we're going.  I'll be surprised if this time next year we're not looking at a lot higher score in our elementary school," Kight said.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

* Overall performance is lower than 96% of the schools in the state.

*Its students' academic growth is lower than 96% of the schools in the state.

* Less than half of its 3rd grade students (46.9%) are reading at or above the grade level target.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

* Overall performance is lower than 55% of the schools in the state.

* Its students' academic growth is higher than 63% of schools in the state.

* Nearly 71% of its 8th grade students are reading at or above the grade target level.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

* Overall performance is lower than 57% of the schools in the state.

* Its students' academic growth is lower than 67% of the schools in the state.

* Its four-year graduation rate is 90.7% which is higher than 71% of the schools in the state.

*48.9% of its graduates are college ready.