Focus Schools and Focus Districts

Published: 6/23/2017 2:30 PM

As a condition of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, the Kentucky Department of Education has identified Priority and Focus schools as referenced in 703 KAR 5:225. Focus Schools have low performing gap-groups. These schools have a non-duplicated student gap group score in the bottom ten percent of non-duplicated gap group scores for all elementary, middle and high schools; Schools with an individual student subgroup by level that falls in the bottom five percent for individual subjects; High Schools that have a graduation rate that has been less than eighty percent for two consecutive years. 

About District 180
District 180 is an organizational unit in the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support. The mission of District 180 is to build sustainable systems that will drive a continuous improvement approach to focus on student learning in each of Kentucky’s Priority Schools, Focus Schools, and Focus Districts. The vision of District 180 is for all students in Kentucky to be College and Career Ready upon graduating from high school.  District 180 is committed to providing support and technical assistance to our schools and always welcomes feedback to improve our systems of support. District 180 Infographic
Support for Continuous Improvement                                                           
We invite you to visit a Hub School
We invite you to connect with a Hub School. Come hear and see shared best and promising practices. The Kentucky Hub Schools are East-Carter High School, Pulaski County High School and Franklin-Simpson High School.                                                               
Hub School Contacts:
Jeanne Crowe, KDE Educational Recovery Leader, East Carter High School, jeanne.crowe@education.ky.gov                
Todd Tucker, KDE Educational Recovery Leader, Pulaski County High School, todd.tucker@education.ky.gov
Crystal W. Higgins, KDE Educational Recovery Specialist, Franklin-Simpson High School, crystal.white@education.ky.gov
Measuring the Effectiveness of our Intervention Programming
Infinite Campus Intervention Tab
The Intervention Tab is a great way to measure the effectiveness of interventions provided to students. Data from the Intervention Tab will be pulled quarterly to monitor progress and an Annual Report of Intervention usage and success will be available in Open House.
The following are required to use the Intervention Tab in Infinite Campus:
• Third year Focus Schools – All novice students
• High Schools – All seniors who did not meet ACT benchmark(s)
• All ESS – all students served by ESS
• All students served with Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) or Read to Achieve (RTA) Grant(s)
Let's Plan and Act
Comprehensive School/District Improvement Plans
CDIPs and CSIPs are due to KDE 90 days after public release of data, however the planning and the implementation of the plan is an on-going continuous improvement process. 
Tools for Building Effective CSIP/CDIP Components:
S.M.A.R.T. Goals        
District 180 Guiding Documents
703 KAR 5:260 Implementation of Intervention Options in Priority Schools and Districts
703 KAR 5:190 Assistance to Low-Achieving Schools
703 KAR 5:225 School and District Accountability, Recognition, Support, and Consequences
KRS 160.346 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools and School Intervention
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Thalia Salgado
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116
Fax (502) 564-7820
Thalia.Salgado@education.ky.gov