So I tried again...
Erica Thompson:@Steve - 70% of schools are in the Needs Improvement category this year as a baseline year. The proficiency mark is set so that schools know what they need to do in the future in order to become proficient.
Comment From Richard Day
Erica: Are you certain that the proficiency criterion score established this year will be attainable by any schools that meets the score in future years? Can you direct me to where KDE has said that? Your response seems to run counter to KDE's own video, media briefing packet, and the understanding of several superintendents I've spoken to. It appears from what I've seen that each year it will only be the top 30% that will be recognized even if other schools meet the cut score.
Erica Thompson:@Richard - The proficiency level will eventually be set for 5 year cycles. As the other accountability pieces are added (Program Review 2012-2013 and Professional Effectiveness 2014-2015). Any school that steps up and meets the proficiency level, will be classified as proficient. KDE is working on a release that explains this in more detail.
Here's hoping Erica is correct.