SUMMIT, Ky. — The newly adopted improvement plan for the Boyd County School District calls for improvements in graduation rates, college and career readiness, reading and math proficiency and other benchmarks of academic achievement.
The Comprehensive District Improvement Plan is a blueprint for schools to follow in improving education; it includes seven goals and detailed strategies for meeting them.
The district updates the plan every year, based mainly on state accountability data from K-PREP tests given to students in the spring, according to district assessment coordinator Janice Marcum.
Goals for the district are based on state expectations and the district bases its roadmap for meeting the goals on input from teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders, according to Marcum.
The seven goals include:
- Decreasing the percentage of novices in reading and math by 50 percent over five years. The district will try to make that happen by breaking it down into yearly goals of 10 percent reduction, Marcum said.
- Increasing the percentage of college and career-ready students from 70.4 percent to 76.3 percent.
- Increase writing proficiency from 40.1% to 70.1 percent for elementary students, 52.1 percent to 76.1 percent for middle school students, and 39 percent to 69.5 percent for high school students by the 2018-2019 school year. That isn’t a state mandate but something the district believes is a priority.
- Increase graduation rates from 94.5 percent to 96.6 percent by 2020.
- Increase the combined reading and math proficiency ratings for students in the non-duplicated gap group from 41.6 percent to 70.8 percent for elementary, 35.9 percent to 68 percent for middle school, and 24.7 percent to 62.4 percent for high school students by 2019.
- Increase reading and math proficiency scores from 49.5 percent to 74.8 percent for elementary, 45.4 percent to 72.7 percent for middle, and 35 percent to 67.5 percent for high school students by the 2018-2019 school year.
- Increase proficiency in all program review areas. Program review is a part of the accountability system that measures arts and humanities, practical living, career studies and writing. Rather than testing, the reviews are done through documentation of how schools deliver the disciplines.
But the main substance of the plan is in the detailed strategies and accompanying activities to carry it out.
For instance, increasing graduation rates will call for providing mentors to at-risk students, finding ways to increase attendance and decrease chronic absenteeism, targeting recent dropouts for chances to earn credits toward graduation online and applying the state no-pass, no-drive law, which serves as an incentive to keep at-risk students in class.
Each strategy goes into detail on how to carry out the objective and who will be responsible for doing so, and each goal has a comparable set of strategies and activities.
Many of the Boyd goals focus on reading and math — as do the state accountability tests — and Marcum described it as “a living, breathing document” that is intended for revision as new data comes in.
It also serves to focus teachers and administrators across the district on common goals, she said.