Students took some tough tests last spring. The math and reading tests were based on new academic standards that are more difficult than the old ones.
This means it's harder now for any student in Kentucky to be Proficient or Distinguished. In fact, when the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) releases test results this fall, some schools may have more than 30 percent fewer Proficient students, and some parents may be concerned about the overall score for their child's school. But there are three main things to keep in mind:
- Kentucky is scoring schools and district in an entirely new way. Scores under the new system don't directly compare to scores under the old one.
- Test results released in the fall of 2012 will set a baseline for improvement in following years.
- Jefferson County Public Schools has a solid plan in place to raise test scores throughout the district.
New accountability system
KDE has developed a new school accountability system called Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All. The Unbridled Learning system determines an overall accountability score from 0 to 100 for each Kentucky school and district. To encourage continuous improvement, schools and districts also receive an annual goal to reach based on how much improvement is needed to reach 100. In addition, schools and districts have goals in gap reduction, college/career readiness, and graduation rate.