The Richmond Register

Education

November 2, 2012

A guide to the new school test scores

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RICHMOND —

College/Career Readiness

Only middle and high schools are scored with this component.

College Readiness is assessed using EPAS (Educational Planning and Assessment System) which consists of three tests: EXPLORE, administered to eighth-graders in September; PLAN given to tenth-graders, also in September; and ACT, taken by 11th-graders in March. These test are administered nationwide.

In middle schools, College Readiness is based on the percentage of students who meet the EXPLORE benchmarks in three academic areas, Reading, English and Mathematics. The score range is between one and 25.

High school students are deemed “college ready” if they meet the ACT benchmarks in the same academic areas. The score range is between one to 36.

Finally, high school students are considered “career ready” by achieving a qualifying score on the ACT, the ASVAB (military assessment test), COMPASS (Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System), KYOTE (Kentucky On-line Test), the ACT WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system that measures foundational and soft skills, or KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards), an industry-recognized certificate in a vocational field.

Averaged-Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR)

This component is only used in high school assessments. Graduation rate is defined as the percent of high school students who graduate in four years, Peffer said.

He used this example: Say 320 students entered ninth-grade in 2009. That number is added to 297, the number of tenth-graders in 2010. The average enrollment for this cohort of students is 308.5 ((320+297)/2). In 2012, there are 249 graduates who received a standard diploma in four years and 3 graduates with an IEP (individual education plan) who graduated in five years, which totals 252 graduates. Therefore the number of graduates (252) divided by the average enrollment (308.5) equals an 81.69 graduation rate.

Kentucky also will include students who graduate in five years starting in the 2014-15 school year.

Grade level break down

Elementary School

The K-PREP tests assess all elementary students in Reading and Mathematics. However, fourth-graders also will be assessed in Science and Writing Mechanics. Fifth-graders will be assessed in Social Studies and Writing on-demand.

An elementary school’s overall score is based on Achievement (30 percent), Gap (30 percent) and Growth (40 percent).

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