Walton-Verona Independent School District pulls off the District of Distinction hat-trick

11/26/2014 10:28 AM

WALTON — It’s an honor for a Kentucky public school to be recognized as a District of Distinction, but for the Walton-Verona Independent School District, the 2013-14 school year was the third consecutive year it received the honor.

To qualify as a District of Distinction, a school district had to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher. That’s based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate. The district must also meet its current year Annual Measurable Objective, have a 95 percent participation rate and not have a Focus or Priority School in the district. The achievement data is based on K-PREP testing in spring 2013.

Mark Krummen, Walton-Verona director of instruction, says that one big secret to the school system’s success is teachers taking time to fully know each student.

“I think the teachers taking the time to see what’s happening, what’s going on and what’s taking place in the classroom, making sure that their instructional strategies and the curriculum is rigorous and relevant to our kids,” Krummen said.

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 donald.weber@charter.com.

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