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Published: 8/6/2019 11:36 AM

Kentucky’s accountability system uses multiple academic and school quality measures to determine an overall school rating. Growth is one of six indicators used in the system, which measures an elementary or middle school student’s continuous improvement toward the goal of proficiency and beyond.

Growth is calculated by comparing a student’s K-PREP performance level on reading and mathematics from last year to this year. English language proficiency is valued and included in the reading growth calculation for each English learner based upon the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment. The regulation, 703 KAR 5:270, contains a Growth Value Table and an English Learner Growth Value Table to assign points for growth.

To more accurately reflect student growth in reading and mathematics, stakeholders recommended that the Novice and Apprentice performance levels should be subdivided into High and Low levels of Novice Low, Novice High, Apprentice Low and Apprentice High. The group also decided that a student who maintained the same performance level in the next grade, was showing growth, since the expectations of the content area standards and rigor increases each year.

The results for school growth in reading and mathematics are reported in the online School Report Card, while student results are issued to parents/guardians via the individual student reports each fall.

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Beginning in 2018-19, an overall 5-star rating will be determined by setting standards for low to high performance on six indicators.


Achievement Gap, though not an indicator, will be used to reduce a 4 or 5 star rating by one star, if significant achievement gaps are found in schools or districts.

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