Spring assessment data is being released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education. This year’s assessment data is being reported differently, as the state is transitioning away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model and moving to the new accountability system – the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Kentucky Senate Bill 1. This year, schools did not receive an overall score, classification, or ranking. While our schools will not be classified as novice, apprentice, proficient, and distinguished, we have received impressive results in our gap, growth, college- and career-readiness, and graduation rate data. The new accountability system is expected to be in place for the 2018-2019 school year with accountability first reported in the 2019-2020 school year.
“We are very excited about the results of the spring assessment,” said Chief Academic Officer David Gilliam. “What we are seeing across the district is growth and progress, which is exactly what we strive for every year.”
The highlights from across the district all center around growth. Kingston Elementary has the largest elementary score increases in the county and reached all of their novice reduction targets. Madison Southern High School reached 100 percent College and Career Readiness for the 4th year in a row. Farristown Middle School increased student achievement by more than 7 points and remains one of the highest performing middle schools in the state.
“The gains and increases we have seen in most of our schools is remarkable,” Gilliam said. “We are continuing to move our students forward with great instruction.”
Other highlights include:
- B. Michael Caudill Middle increased student achievement in math and reading by more than 7 points.
- Kit Carson Elementary had big gains in writing and social studies and hit their novice reduction targets in math.
- Glenn Marshall Elementary had a 7-point gain in math and excellent growth in reading as well.
- Shannon Johnson Elementary is maintaining high achievement scores and is leading the district in growth.
- White Hall Elementary has strong scores in math and reading and scored more than 100 in social studies.
- Kirksville Elementary had the greatest gain in overall achievement in the district and excellent growth scores as well.
- Madison Central High had an increase in ACT scores and AP scores.
- Clark-Moores Middle had a nice increase in reading scores and improvement in GAP score.
- Silver Creek Elementary had excellent scores in writing and is exceeding the state average in growth
- Waco Elementary had an increase in achievement scores and solid growth scores.
- Foley Middle, Madison Middle, and Daniel Boone Elementary are all making good progress.
(Madison Kindergarten Academy is not assessed as part of the state’s accountability program.)
Scores for each school can be viewed on the school report cards at https://applications.education.ky.gov/src/Default.aspx.