Darren Doyle, story:
Kyrock Elementary School has been ranked #19 in top elementary schools in Kentucky, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report analysis.
"Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school," the report stated.
"At Kyrock Elementary School, 67% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 82% scored at or above that level for reading," the report said. "Compared with the district, the school did better in math and better in reading, according to this metric. In Edmonson County, 66% of students tested at or above the proficient level for reading, and 61% tested at or above that level for math. Kyrock Elementary School did better in math and better in reading in this metric compared with students across the state. In Kentucky, 53% of students tested at or above the proficient level for reading, and 44% tested at or above that level for math.
Principal Shaun Stice credited the teachers and staff at Kyrock for overcoming obstacles during the COVID pandemic.
"It would have been easy for them to say that this is too hard but they came together and learned how to deliver instruction virtually," he said. "When we had the opportunity to get our students back in the building, we took full advantage and worked as a unit to try and catch all students up."
Superintendent of Edmonson Schools Brian Alexander also spoke about Kyrock's recognition.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Kyrock Elementary School for their prestigious ranking by US News," he said. "We are blessed to have great schools across the board in Edmonson County and I am thrilled to see Kyrock get the type of recognition is rightfully deserves.”
Other regional schools making the top 40 were:
"I am extremely proud of my staff for their complete dedication and the love that they show for Kyrock students," Principal Stice added.