New Accountability System Will Shift Focus Away From State Rankings and Labels
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky Department of Education recently released 2017 KPREP Assessment scores. However, this year’s release looks very different than in year’s past. Supervisor of Instruction, Carol Stice, explained, “With the state transitioning to a new accountability system, we will no longer receive data that gives each school, or the district as a whole, a single overall score.” The new accountability system, which will take effect over the next couple of years, will shift the focus away from state rankings and school labels.
This year, KDE released scores for Achievement, Gap, and Growth at the elementary and middle school levels. Achievement, Gap, Growth, College & Career Readiness, and Graduation Rate scores were released for the high school level. The scores for each school can be seen in the table below:
District data was released as well. Overall, reading and language mechanics at the elementary and middle school levels were above the state average. Math at all levels (elementary, middle, and high) was above the state average. Writing at the middle school level was higher than the state average, as well as high school end-of-course exams in Algebra II and Biology.
“After looking at this new data, we are very proud of our schools. We know there has been a focus on math at all grade levels and on reducing the number of novice students across the board. We are glad to say that we have seen improvements in those areas. We have wonderful teachers, staff, and students who go above and beyond every day and it’s very encouraging to see that in our data,” said Stice.
With a new accountability system in the near future, Stice said one thing for certain is that change is coming to all schools in Kentucky.
Superintendent Patrick Waddell said, “As educators, we know that education is constantly changing. Kentucky is moving in a new direction, one that I think will ultimately be better for our students, and we are excited about that. We have tried to keep our teachers and staff as educated on the new system as we can; but at the end of the day, what’s always going to be most important is doing what is right for our students, building those relationships, and teaching them the content that they need to know. I’m confident that we are doing that in all of our schools here in Edmonson County.”
Individual student reports that show student performance on each content area tested will be sent home to parents after Fall Break.
For more information on the released test data as well as a sneak peek at Kentucky’s future School Report Card Dashboard, please visit: applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/