The Separate Academic Indicator 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 graduation from high school.
The Separate Academic Indicator 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 science, social studies and writing.
The measures used to determine the separate academic indicator are:
- Student performance on tests in science, social studies and writing
- Science and social studies shall be 2/3 of the measure
- At the elementary/middle school level, the combined science, social studies and writing separate academic indicator score contributes 26% out of 100% for an overall accountability weight.
- At the high school level, the combined science, social studies and writing separate academic indicator score contributes 15% out of 100% for 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 is aggregated to school, district and state levels.
The Separate Academic Indicator contributes to a school’s/district’s overall accountability rating. Lowest performing schools will be provided supports and improvements.
The Separate Academic Indicator in 2018-2019 Accountability
- Science, social studies and writing are measured at grades 3-8 through the K-PREP summative assessment.
- Science and writing are measured through the K-PREP summative assessment.
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