Proficiency Scores Above State Average At All County School Levels
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released assessment results for the 17-18 school year on Wednesday. This year’s results are the first released from the state’s new accountability system, and, as a result, the data looks different from past releases. Edmonson County Schools District Assessment Coordinator, Carol Stice, explained, “This is the first year that we have seen separate scores for the various indicators instead of one summative score for each school and district.”
Elementary and middle schools were scored in the areas of Proficiency (Reading and Math - grades 3-8), Separate Academic Indicator (Science - grades 4, 7; Social Studies - grades 5, 8; On-Demand Writing - grades 5, 8) and Growth (Reading and Math - grades 4-8). High schools were scored in the areas of Proficiency (Reading and Math from the 11th grade ACT), Transition Readiness (Academic and/or Career Readiness by 12th grade), and Graduation Rate.
In addition to giving scores for each indicator, KDE also identified the lowest performing schools in the state by labeling them as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools. CSI schools are in the bottom 5% of schools at their level (elementary, middle, high) or had a graduation rate below 80%. 51 schools in Kentucky were labeled as CSI schools. Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools were also identified. TSI schools have at least one student group performing as low as all students in CSI schools. There are 418 TSI schools in Kentucky. Schools that did not fall in the bottom 5% and did not have a student group performing as low as that bottom 5% were classified as Other. There are 803 “Other” schools in Kentucky. Districts were not given labels this year - only schools.
The tables below show each school’s results for each indicator and their identification label. Scores are listed for all students, as well as the Free/Reduced Lunch and Disability with IEP student groups.
As you can see from the tables above, Edmonson County had no schools that fell in the bottom 5% of the state. District schools labeled as TSI were identified for their Disabilities with IEP student group. This indicates that the student group within the school is performing as poorly as “all students” in CSI schools.
Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools said, “The TSI identification doesn’t mean that the school is low-performing. It means that there is an achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers. This identification helps us see where our greatest needs are, and from that, we can begin to make plans on how to close those achievement gaps.”
The tables below show the district’s scores at each level compared to the state average for each indicator.
“While we can definitely see areas where improvement is needed, we also have a lot to be proud of,” Waddell said. “Proficiency scores are above the state average at all levels. We also compared our scores to other districts around the region and were pleased with how we performed in comparison. These are good things that we can celebrate.”
For more detailed information on the release of state assessment results, please visit Open House on KDE’s website. All data will be available later this year in the new online Kentucky School Report Card.