Focus schoolsIf a school has an individual group of students in an individual area scoring significantly below other students, they become a focus school, Gilliam said.
Last year, Farristown and Madison middle schools, Madison Southern High School, Mayfield Elementary and Model Elementary all were labelled focus schools, which is a two-year designation. All of these schools received this label because of low achievement scores in their “gap” group.
“Gap students” are those students that are identified as a minority, receive free/reduced lunch, receive special education, or are English language learners.
The scores of gap students also is one of the five components from which a school is assessed. The five components are explained below.
Next Generation Learners
Next year, Unbridled Learning will include program reviews on a school’s course-offerings in subjects such as practical living, arts and humanities and creative writing. This phase of the assessment was originally scheduled to start this year, but has been delayed.
The following year, the assessment will look at teacher and principal effectiveness.
However, this year, educators will continue use the first phase of Unbridled Learning ― Next Generation Learners.
There are five components to Next Generation Learners from which a school is assessed: Achievement, Gap, Growth, College/Career Readiness and Graduation Rates.
Elementary scores are based on the first three components, middle school scores are based on the first four and high school scores are calculated using all five components.
Achievement“Achievement” is determined by how students perform on K-PREP tests (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress), administered during the last 14 instructional days of the school year.
The schools are given zero points for a “novice” score, a half a point for an “apprentice” score and a full point for a “proficient” or “distinguished” score.
In the past, a school’s overall score was only determined by the results of these tests, formerly known as the KCCT (Kentucky Core Content Test).