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State releases spring assessment data

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the state’s spring assessment data this week. This year’s assessment data is being reported in a much different way, as the state is transitioning to a five-star rating system for districts. The five-star system is based on strengths of performance on school-level measures and indicators of Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, Growth, Transition Readiness, and Graduation. Proficiency includes Reading and Math. Separate Academic Indicator includes Science, Social Studies, and Writing.

Due to these changes, this year’s scores and last year’s scores are not comparable. However, this year’s scores will serve as a baseline for years to come.

“We are excited about the results of the spring assessment,” said Superintendent David Gilliam. “What we are seeing across the district is growth and progress, which is exactly what we strive for every year.”

The new system is meant to be more “user friendly” than systems of years past. Schools and districts are assigned a star based on performance:

  • 1 star – very low performance
  • 2 stars – low performance
  • 3 stars – medium performance
  • 4 stars – high performance
  • 5 stars – very high performance
    Schools also can be reduced by a star if at least one significant gap exists. Star reduction is only applicable to schools receiving a rating of 4 or 5.

For elementary and middle schools, the growth performance is calculated differently than in the past. Also new this year for high schools is the addition of science testing. For high schools, the ACT is used for Math and Reading only, and transition and graduation rate are calculated differently than in the past.

Highlights for Madison County Schools include being above the state average for elementary and middle school level in Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, and Growth. The district was also above the state average for high school level in Proficiency, Separate Academic Indicator, Transition and Graduation Rate. At the elementary level, the district scored 11.8 points above the state average in Separate Academic Indicator. At the middle school level, the district scored 9.8 points above the state average in Separate Academic Indicator. At the high school level, the district scored13.5 points above the state average in Transition. 

“The scores across the district are very encouraging,” Gilliam said. “We have a good baseline from which to build for the coming years and we are proud of the positive results. Our scores indicate that our students are growing academically and our staff is working hard to ensure that progress continues.”

Here’s how our schools performed according to the five-star system:

5 Stars

  • Shannon Johnson Elementary

4 Stars

  • District – Middle School
  • Kingston Elementary
  • Kirksville Elementary
  • Silver Creek Elementary
  • White Hall Elementary

3 Stars

  • District – Elementary School
  • District – High School
  • B. Michael Caudill Middle*
  • Clark-Moores Middle
  • Daniel Boone Elementary
  • Glenn Marshall Elementary
  • Farristown Middle*
  • Foley Middle
  • Kit Carson Elementary
  • Madison Central High
  • Madison Middle
  • Madison Southern High*
  • Waco Elementary
    * Reduced from 4 stars to 3 due to an identified significant gap group.

2 Stars

  • Boonesborough Elementary

Madison Kindergarten Academy does not participate in assessment as part of the state’s accountability program.