The 2017-2018 Assessment and Accountability results have been released by the Kentucky Department of Education with all three local levels – elementary, middle and high school of Wayne County Schools scoring higher in Reading, Math and Writing from the previous year’s results.
This academic improvement in these critical subject areas can perhaps be attributed to the district’s on-going focus on better instruction. Teachers and students worked hard to make these improvements happen and gain ground academically.
Individual student K-PREP results will be available to parents at the second nine-weeks parent teacher conferences.
Kentucky is in the process of phasing in a new accountability system this school year. Once it is completely implemented, school and district performance will be classified using Kentucky’s future 5- star rating system. The new state accountability system will align with federal law (Every Student Succeeds ACT known as ESSA) and state law (Senate Bill 1 – 2017).
Under this new system, accountability determinations are only made at the school level. Determinations are based on student performance on state assessments and other school quality indicators or measures, such as growth or graduation rate, depending on the grade level. The new system will not provide a single summative score that ranks schools against each other.
The assessment results released today (September 26) show academic performance has remained largely flat across the state. Achievement gaps persist for different groups of students, including students with learning disabilities and students of color, statewide.
KDE identified 51 schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), meaning they are in the bottom five percent of schools at their level (elementary, middle or high) in the state or had a graduation rate below 80 percent. These schools will receive state support in the current school year to help them improve. None of Wayne County Schools’ levels fell in this group.
Another 431 schools were identified for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) as a result of having at least one student group performing as poorly as schools in the bottom five percent. The Wayne County Middle School’s subgroup of learners that are in the Hispanic and disability groups fell into the TSI category. The state will provide some resources for TSI-designated schools to improve. Moreover, measures are already underway to address this shortfall at the local school and a plan will be put in place to assist these students to go forward.
The local schools and district will continue to chart a course that addresses high academic achievement for all of the Wayne County students.
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