Kentucky's Unbridled Learning Accountability Model was designed to have a more balanced approach to determine school success by incorporating achievement, program reviews and effective teaching measures. June 2014 marked the third full year of the accountability model implementation and triggered a review of the current accountability model. Various stakeholder groups throughout the state have been invited to give input into needed changes or adjustments to the model and recommendations will be made to the Kentucky Board of Education based on this feedback.
Three Components of the Accountability Model
Next-Generation Learners (70%) was the first component to be enacted in the 2011-12 school year. This component measures performance in the areas of achievement, gap, growth, college/career readiness and graduation rate.
Achievement has been based upon the mathematics and English Language Arts Kentucky Core Academic Standards adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education, while the core standards 4.1 continued to be used for science and social studies.
Beginning in 2014-15 science was removed from the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessments in grades 4 and 7, so that the schools may transition to the new science standards based upon the Next-Generation Science Standards. In 2013-14, the graduation rate calculation changed from Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate to Cohort Graduation Rate.
The second component, Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support (20%), officially began in the 2013-14 school year following a pilot of the program reviews. The program reviews are expanding from the original Arts and Humanities, Practical Living/Careers and Writing to include K-3 and World Languages. The K-3 program review was included in the 2013-14 calculation following a pilot process. World Languages will have a similar track and begin as a pilot for high schools in 2014-15 with elementary and middle school levels at a future date.
Next-Generation Professionals (10%) is the final component slated to be added to the model in the 2015-16 school year. The more common name is the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) for teachers and school leaders.
Please choose one of the links below for additional information.
- College and Career Readiness
- State Assessments
- Assessment Information Support
- Sample Test Items for K-PREP and EOC (End-of-Course)