Separate Academic Indicator

Published: 7/25/2018 10:52 AM

The Separate Academic Indicator 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.

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
  • Highest proportion of weights shall be attributed to science and social studies
  • 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 Separate Academic 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). The Opportunity and Access Indicator is anticipated for inclusion during the 2019-20 school year.  Beginning in 2018-19, all indicators will be used to identify schools in the five-star rating system. 

Separate Academic Indicator in 2017-18 Accountability 

Elementary/Middle School

  • CSI/TSI/Other Identification
  • Social Studies and Writing are measured at grades 5 and 8 through the K-PREP summative assessment.
  • Science is measured at grades 4 and 7 through the Kentucky Academic Standards science assessment.

High School

  • Writing is reported only in the Separate Academic Indicator. 
  • Science and social studies will not be included in accountability or public reporting.  Science was field tested and did not produce student performance levels; Social studies was not tested.

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 Standards, 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.




Graduation Rate

Transition Readiness

Achievement Gap Closure

Opportunity and Access

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