Making no excuses: Covington elementary school excels regardless of economics

12/23/2014 10:12 AM

COVINGTON — Rarely does a school which has 90 percent free and reduced lunch rate achieve a distinguished rating in Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System, but Glenn O. Swing Elementary in Covington did just that for the 2013-2014 school year as its students finished in the 99th percentile on state tests.

The 451-student school saw its scores jump 21.7 points from the previous year, the highest jump among northern Kentucky schools and the 11th highest in the state.

School administrators say the first key to the schools success is dismissing the idea that students in an inner-city school can’t perform well academically.

“When you hear about them, they’re excuses,” said principal Scott Alter. “We hold high expectations for every student in this building, no matter their background. They may have a lot stacked against them, but our number one priority here is to teach them.”

Alter says even though the school has the distinguished ranking and is in the 99th percentile, he would like to see the overall proficiency scores improve for all students.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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