Accountability

Proficiency

Published: 7/25/2018 10:52 AM

​Proficiency is one of the indicators used to measure academic and school quality in Kentucky’s new accountability system. Kentucky’s new accountability system has students at its center—ensuring they are well rounded, transition-ready, and prepared with knowledge, skills and essential dispositions to successfully pursue the pathway of their choice after graduation from high school.

Proficiency is defined as reaching the desired level of knowledge and skills as measured on state-required academic assessments. It is designed to measure how students achieve on Kentucky’s Academic Standards (KAS) in reading and mathematics.

The measures used to determine proficiency are:

  • Student performance on tests in reading and mathematics
  • Equal weight for reading and mathematics
  • Schools are rated based on student performance levels: Novice (0 points); Apprentice (.5 point); Proficient (1 point); and Distinguished (1.25 points)
  • Student performance will be aggregated to school, district and state levels

The proficiency indicator contributes to a school’s/district’s overall accountability rating. For 2017-18, some indicators will be used to identify schools for Comprehensive and Targeted Support and Improvement (CSI and TSI). Beginning in 2018-19, six indicators will be used to identify schools in the five-star rating system. The Opportunity and Access Indicator is anticipated for inclusion during the 2019-20 school year.

Proficiency in 2017-18 Accountability 

Elementary/Middle School

  • CSI/TSI/Other Identification
  • Reading and Mathematics are measured at grades 3-8 through the K-PREP summative assessment.

High School

  • CSI/TSI/Other Identification
  • Reading and Mathematics are measured through the ACT sub scores in reading and mathematics.

Additional information and indicators will be reported to provide a more complete picture of education in Kentucky. Results will be reported in online School Report Cards including disaggregation of individual student group data and the reported-only measures. Individual student reports will be issued to parents/guardians. 

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

  • Proficiency
  • Separate Academic Indicator
  • Growth
  • Graduation Rate
  • Transition Readiness
  • Achievement Gap Closure
  • Opportunity and Access (anticipated 2019-20)

KDE DAC Information
Office of Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4394


Training Materials

(Note: Separate Academic Indicator and an Overview of the system is included in these materials.)


Additional parts of Kentucky's Accountability System will be available by the fall of 2018.

Indicators

Separate Academic Indicator

Growth

Graduation Rate

Transition Readiness

Achievement Gap Closure

Opportunity and Access




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