Student performance, college/career-readiness and the number of students graduating from high school are improving, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.“The numbers show, without a doubt, that we are making progress,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “The gains we are seeing are the result of a lot of hard work by our teachers, administrators, and our students with the support of parents, community members and our education partners – they all share in this good news.”Overall student performance showed improvement from 2013 with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in most subjects at every grade level; students in groups that have historically had achievement gaps also are performing at higher levels across multiple content areas and grade levels.Additionally in 2014, the college/career readiness rate jumped to 62.3 percent – up from 54.1 percent last year and 47.2 percent in 2012. The four-year graduation rate is up as well – from 86.1 percent in 2012-13 to 87.4 percent in the 2013-14 school year.“With Senate Bill 1 in 2009, lawmakers charted a course of education reform that included rigorous standards, aligned assessments and a balanced accountability model, with a focus on better preparing our students for life after high school. Well, that plan is clearly working; we must stay the course and not lose sight of our goal – providing a world-class education so that every child in Kentucky public schools is proficient and prepared for success and graduates from high school ready for college and career,” Holliday said.The state exceeded its 2014 accountability goal of 65.3 with an overall score of 68.7 out of 100. A total of 641 schools and 95 districts are performing at the highest levels – classified as either proficient or distinguished, while 860 schools and 79 districts met the requirements to be considered progressing.This is the third year the state has reported results from Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System.ACCOUNTABILITYThe Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness Accountability model is based on the Kentucky Board of Education’s strategic priorities: Next-Generation Learners, Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support, and Next-Generation Professionals. In the past, accountability has been based only on the components of the Next-Generation Learners measure. In the 2013-14 school year, accountability expanded to include the Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support measure and the Program Review component. In future years, the last measure, Next-Generation Professionals, will be added to accountability.Various component scores in each area are calculated and weighted to produce an overall score for that measure.This year, as in the past, public schools and districts earned points, on a scale of 0 to 100, based on how well they did on the five Next-Generation Learner components:· Achievement – student performance on tests in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing· Gap – performance (percentage of proficient and distinguished) of students who are members of traditionally underperforming groups (ethnic minorities, special education, poverty and limited English proficiency) compared to the goal of 100 percent proficiency in all five subject areas· Growth – individual student’s score compared to the student’s academic peers to determine if typical or higher levels of growth have occurred in reading and mathematics· College/Career-Readiness – high school graduates who successfully meet an indicator of readiness for college and/or careers· Graduation Rate – the percentage of on-time graduates as measured by a Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Formula
NEXT-GENERATION LEARNERS COMPONENT SCORES1 Year Achievement Gap Growth College/CareerReadiness2 Graduation Rate Total Score3 Elementary 2012 69.6 40.5 60.4 n/a n/a 57.3 2013 69.9 42.1 59.9 n/a n/a 57.6 2014 72.6 45.4 59.8 n/a n/a 59.3 Middle 2012 67.4 37.9 60.4 44.1 n/a 53.5 2013 69.0 39.9 59.9 47.2 n/a 54.9 2014 70.6 41.9 59.9 47.8 n/a 55.9 High 2012 56.7 28.9 58.5 51.9 77.8 54.8 2013 60.7 33.7 57.2 60.8 86.1 59.6 2014 62.0 34.9 56.3 72.2 87.9 62.71 These figures represent point totals, rather than percentages.2 College/Career-Readiness includes the bonus calculation for accountability.3 Total Score is calculated using a formula that weights each component.This year, schools also received points (on a scale of 0-12) for Program Reviews in Arts and Humanities, Practical Living and Career Studies and Writing. Mandated by Senate Bill 1 in 2009, Program Reviews are an ongoing, year-round process where school personnel assess the characteristics of an instructional program on four standards: Curriculum/Instruction, Formative/Summative Assessment, Professional Development and Administrative/Leadership.Program Reviews are designed to ensure schools offer quality learning opportunities in each of the program areas.Although 2014 is the first year Program Review scores are included in accountability, data was collected in 2013 and a baseline established.
SOURCE: KDE Press release...
NEXT-GENERATION INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT SCORES(PROGRAM REVIEWS) Year Arts andHumanities Practical Livingand Career Studies Writing Program ReviewTotal Points Program ReviewTotal Score Elementary 2013 6.9 6.7 7.1 20.7 86.3 2014 8.1 8.0 8.2 24.3 100.0 Middle 2013 6.8 6.8 7.0 20.6 85.8 2014 8.1 8.0 8.3 24.4