Proficiency is one of the indicators used to measure academic and school quality in Kentucky’s accountability system. Kentucky’s 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 graduating 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.
- At the elementary/middle school level the combined reading and mathematics proficiency score contributes 35% out of 100% to an overall accountability weight.
- At the high school level the combined reading and mathematics proficiency score contributes 45% out of 100% to an overall accountability weight.
- 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. Lowest performing schools will be provided supports and improvements.
Proficiency in 2018-2019 Accountability
- Reading and Mathematics are measured at grades 3-8 through the K-PREP summative assessment.
- 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 the online School Report Card including disaggregation of individual student group data and the reported-only measures. Individual student reports will be issued to parents/guardians.
An overall 5-star rating will be determined by setting standards of excellence instead of a normative comparison of schools. Kentucky educators will determine, through a standard-setting process, the performance required for each of five levels of performance that range from very low to very high.
KDE DAC Information
Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601