Kentucky Testing System
9/24/2012 1:27 PM
The next-generation learners accountability model is anchored in college and career readiness for all students. Like previous accountability models, it continues annual public reporting of disaggregated student outcome measures in math, reading and science to assess school performance.
However, this more robust next-generation model also includes student achievement growth measures, emphasis on college and career readiness, high school graduation rates, student achievement in writing and social studies, and increased focus on the lowest-performing schools. Additionally, the new accountability model holds all schools and districts accountable for improving student performance and creates four performance classifications that determine consequences and guide interventions and supports. School and district classifications are based on the following measures:
- Achievement (Content Areas are reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing.)
- Gap (percentage of proficient and distinguished) for the Non-Duplicated Gap Group for all five content areas
- Growth in reading and mathematics (percentage of students at typical or higher levels of growth)
- College Readiness as measured by the percentage of students meeting benchmarks in three content areas on EXPLORE at middle school
- College/Career-Readiness Rate as measured by ACT benchmarks, college placement tests and career measures
- Graduation Rate
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With the passage of Senate Bill 1 in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is poised at the beginning of a new era in public school assessment and accountability. Senate Bill 1 addresses many areas – what will be tested, how subjects will be tested, when tests are given, what should comprise the public school accountability system and more. This effort includes four advisory groups charged with helping the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) build a better assessment and accountability system. The groups are comprised of educators and citizens, legislators, testing and measurement experts and legislative staff.
The Governor appoints members to the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC). The committee's existence was mandated by KRS 158.6452 and advises the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on the design of the testing and accountability system and the highly skilled educator program.
The purpose of technical manuals is to provide detailed information about test development, scaling, scoring, norming, equating, and validity evidence for a specific assessment.
The validity of any statewide testing program is derived from the sum of its parts, including the uses made of the test results as established by the Kentucky Board of Education.