Kentucky School Assessments Released as Transition Continues

Parents across Kentucky are learning how their child's school is doing.

The Kentucky Department of Education released assessments from this past school year.  It comes as the state is moving to a new way of measuring student achievement.

The assessments for the 2016-17 school come out at a time when state educators are adjusting the ways schools are measured.

"It's a good school system over here," says Shannon Leonard's child attends Sutton Elementary. She says the assessments are a good way to measure how her child learns.

"I think probably the schools, in general, they let you know that the kids are doing really good too," she says.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, graduation rates for the 2016-17 school year went up to nearly 90% from just below 89% The average ACT score up less than a half a point from 19.5 in 2015-16 to 19.8 in 2016-17. More than half of elementary and middle school students were performing at proficient or distinguished levels in reading and social studies. The assessments happen as state educators move to a new accountability system falling under the federal every student succeeds act. It focuses on achievement, student learning growth, and closing the achievement gaps among groups.

"One example will be comparing students who receive free or reduced lunch to students who don't. Is there an accademic gap and what are doing to close the gap that exists," says Jana Beth Francis, Asst. Superintendent for Daviess Co. Public Schools.

State educators say some data, including overall accountability scores and classifications won't be released during the transition. Francis says parents can still measure their child's academic performance.

"What I always encourage parents to do is to say how did my individual student this year and then compare the achievement of your student to the whole school. And is your student outperforming the school?" she says.

School officials tell us the new assessment is expected to be fully in place by 2019.

School report cards for 2016-17 school year can be found here.

(This story was originally published on September 28, 2017)
 


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