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Measuring Student Achievement in Superintendent Evaluation Could Be a Challenge

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the performance objectives for Superintendent Donna Hargens’s evaluation, but measuring student performance may still be a challenge.The board approved the criteria at Monday night's board meeting. It measures three major performance objectives, including implementation of the new strategic plan, continuation assessing and organizing management and improving student achievement.Hargens received a positive first year review earlier this year for her work reorganize her central office and for effectively managing the elementary schools student assignment plan.Board member Linda Duncan said because Kentucky’s new accountability system was implemented just last year, benchmarks for student performance are still being determined.“It’s still going to be a challenge with how we incorporate student achievement in it, that’s going to be a challenge. But we have some other indicators that we’re going to look at," she said.The district will look toward college-and-career ready standards and graduation rates to help determine student achievement under Hargens' watch.Hargens told WFPL she is confident the strategic plan, called Vision 2015, is manageable. The 36-goal plan covers student achievement, resource and communication objectives.

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