Superintendent Pleased With Scores
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: Edmonson County Board of Education, contributor:
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released assessment results for the 18-19 school year on October 1, 2019. This year’s results are the first released from the state’s revised accountability system, and, as a result, the data looks quite different from last year’s release.
Carol Stice, District Assessment Coordinator for Edmonson County Schools, explained, “This year’s data release is our first look at star ratings (from 1 - 5 stars) for our schools and for each grade band at the district level. The release also gives us individual scores and labels from very high to very low for each indicator at the school and district levels and then an overall score, which we have not had for the last few years.”
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), Separate Academic Indicator (Science and On-Demand Writing - grade 11), Transition Readiness (Academic and/or Career Readiness by 12th grade), and Graduation Rate.
Similarly to last year, KDE also identified the lowest performing schools in the state by labeling them as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools. 52 schools in Kentucky were labeled as CSI schools. Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) schools were also identified. These schools were identified last year as TSI schools due to having at least one student group performing as low as all students in CSI schools and failed to meet the exit criteria for the 19-20 school year. Last year there were 418 TSI schools in Kentucky. All but 11 of those schools exited that classification by demonstrating progress in the area that served as the basis for identification in 2018. This year schools could also lose a star from their overall rating if they have a statistically significant achievement gap.
The tables below show each school’s results for each indicator and their overall scores and star ratings. Scores are listed for all students that were accountable to the school.
As you can see from the tables above, Edmonson County had no schools that fell in the bottom 5% or 10% of the state and no schools were identified as having significant achievement gaps. In 2018, South Edmonson Elementary School, Edmonson County Middle School, and Edmonson County High School were labeled as TSI schools for their Students with Disabilities group. This year, all three schools exited that identification by showing improvements within the Students with Disabilities group.
The tables below show the district’s scores at each grade band compared to the state average for each grade band.
Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools it, said, “We are pleased with the test scores we received from the state. Less than 23% of schools received a four or five star rating. Two of our schools earned four stars and three others earned three stars. We are also proud that none of our schools received federal classifications or showed a significant achievement gap this year. I know our teachers and students worked very hard to see all of this come to pass.”
Waddell also stated, “Our scores are above the state average at all levels and when we compared our scores to other districts around the region, we were excited to see how we performed in comparison. Now that we have a better understanding of this new system, I am confident we will continue to improve on this new rating scale. Edmonson County has a lot to be proud of.”
Individual student reports will be available in the coming weeks. For more detailed information on the release of state assessment results, you may access the following links: