FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky high schools are showing improvement in three key areas — high school graduation, advanced placement performance and college-readiness benchmarks, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.
Northeast Kentucky districts contacted this past week report their own schools made comparable progress in all three areas.
The department released the information Thursday in lieu of the usual accountability date because the state is transitioning from the former accountability system, called Unbridled Learning, to a new system scheduled for rollout in the 2018-18 school year.
The new system conforms to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and Kentucky Senate Bill 1. Accountability reports under the new system will first be released in the 2019-2020 school year.
This year’s report and the criteria of the upcoming system are designed to “move beyond test score and compliance mentality to a continuous improvement model that promotes proficiency and the closure of achievement gaps,” state Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said in a press announcement.
The emphasis on the three categories and a fourth, which measures closing educational gaps in a number of at-risk categories, are helpful because of an ongoing need to address those issues, said Ashland director of student achievement Richard Oppenheimer.
“That’s not ever going to change,” Oppenheimer said. “We’re always going to focus on providing skills and information and knowledge to our students regardless of accountability requirements.”