Madison County Schools received its first set of state assessment scores from the state this week under the state’s new accountability system. These new assessment scores are not comparable to any scores received in previous years, but will become the foundation for the state’s five-star rating system that will be in effect next fall.
Madison County Schools performed well on the state’s assessments last school year. In all areas that are comparable to previous years, the district showed improvements in scores. In reading, the district had strong gains at the elementary and middle school levels. The district also saw gains in elementary math and larger gains in middle school math. When compared to state average, Madison County elementary and middle school scores were very strong in science and social studies.
“We are very encouraged by the gains and scores we are seeing at the elementary and middle school levels,” said Superintendent David Gilliam. “When we see those improvements, we know that the hard work and dedication from our students and staff is really paying off.”
High school scores are based almost exclusively on ACT scores and were also very encouraging for the district, Gilliam said.
“It’s great to see all of the district’s scores falling above state average,” Gilliam said.
The new assessment and accountability system is designed so that schools cannot be compared or ranked with a holistic number. Instead, schools are given one of three category labels: CSI or Comprehensive Support and Improvement; TSI or Targeted Support and Improvement; or Other.
CSI schools are those that fall in the bottom 5 percent of schools at their level in the state or the graduation rate is less than 80 percent. The Kentucky Department of Education identified 51 schools across the state as CSI schools. Madison County Schools does not have any CSI schools.
TSI schools are those that have at least one student group performing in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the same student group at their level in the state. KDE identified 431 schools across the state as TSI schools. Madison County Schools had six schools identified as TSI schools. Those included Daniel Boone Elementary, Kirksville Elementary, B. Michael Caudill Middle, Clark-Moores Middle, Farristown Middle, and Madison Central High.
“The TSI designation simply means that these schools have a subpopulation of students that did not perform as well as other students,” Gilliam said. “This is not a reflection of the overall academic performance of the school. It does, however, give schools an area for continued improvement moving forward.”
Schools not identified as CSI or TSI are identified as “Other” this year. Madison County Schools has 10 schools designated as “Other” this year. Those include Glenn Marshall Elementary, Kingston Elementary, Kit Carson Elementary, Shannon Johnson Elementary, Silver Creek Elementary, Waco Elementary, White Hall Elementary, Foley Middle, Madison Middle, and Madison Southern High. Madison Kindergarten Academy is not included in assessments because kindergarten students do not participating in state testing.
“Madison County Schools will continue to work hard and strive for student growth and improvement,” Gilliam said.
The state’s new accountability system is scheduled to be fully implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. The new system is in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Senate Bill 1 (2017). Under the new system, schools and districts will be classified using Kentucky’s 5-star rating system.