In December 2015, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
, the main federal law governing P-12 public education. Now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the measure replaces No Child Left Behind and creates a long-term policy that gives states additional flexibility and provides more state and local control over the accountability process.
ESSA provides an opportunity for Kentucky to create a new accountability system that will be used as the basis to better our schools and celebrate their educational progress. The goal is to produce a system that will improve the education and readiness of ALL Kentucky students and is fair, reliable and valid.
Over the past year, nearly 3,500 Kentuckians have provided input and participated in the development of the new accountability system. “This system goes beyond compliance, focuses on students and truly reflects Kentucky’s values,” Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said.
Under the as yet unnamed system, schools would be evaluated on how well they perform on five indicators: Proficiency, Achievement Gap Closure, Student Growth (elementary and middle school only), Transition Readiness and Opportunity and Access. Each indicator includes multiple measures. Some will be reported only; others will figure into a school’s overall accountability rating. Data will be reported online in a dashboard format that better illustrates school/district progress or deficits than a single number. Data will be reported by student group where available to create more transparency on where gaps may exist.
Because it is important that this new system continues to be developed with the input of all shareholders, Commissioner Pruitt once again will be hosting a series of Education Town Hall Meetings across the state to determine what Kentuckians think about various aspects of the system. See the list below.
Following public review, the commissioner will make a recommendation to the Kentucky Board of Education on a new accountability system for Kentucky. The current timeline calls for Kentucky to submit its plan to the United States Department of Education in September 2017.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Kentucky Education Listens: Accountability Development
All meetings are 6:30
– 8 p.m. local time.
Accountability System -- Full Draft Proposal (as of 1/31/17)
To view a video of a Town Hall, click on the meeting date.
Monday, March 13 Simon Kenton High
11132 Madison Pike
Independence, KY (Kenton Co.)
Wednesday, March 22 Kentucky School for the Blind Auditorium
1867 Frankfort Avenue
Monday, April 10 McCracken County High School Auditorium
6530 New Highway 60 West
Thursday, April 13 Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation --
Main Presentation Room
1100 East 4th Street
Monday, April 17 Rowan County Senior High School --
Performing Arts Center
499 Viking Drive
Tuesday, April 18 John Hardin High School
384 W.A. Jenkins Road
Thursday, April 20 Glasgow High School Auditorium
1601 Columbia Avenue
Tuesday, April 25 Bryan Station High School Auditorium
201 Eastin Road
Thursday, April 27 Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Monday, May 1 Henderson County Schools Professional Development Center
631 North Green Street
Those planning to attend a Town Hall Meeting and requiring interpretive services for the deaf or hard of hearing are asked to contact Susan Palmer at the Kentucky Department of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (502) 564-3141, ext. 4805, at least a week prior to the meeting to request services. Interpretive services for the Kenton Co. Town Hall Meeting will be provided if requested by the close of business on Friday, March 10.
Thank you for your interest in Our Children, Our Commonwealth!