The Richmond Register

Education

September 27, 2013

A guide to Kentucky’s new accountability system

School/district report cards to be released Friday

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RICHMOND —

Four-year adjusted cohort graduation rateThis component is only used in high school assessments and has changed this year.

Last year, the assessment looked the Averaged-Freshman Graduation Rate. For one cohort of students, the AFGR was an average of the number of freshman one year and sophomore the next year divided by the number of graduates during the cohort’s senior year.

However, the new four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates takes the group of students that enter the ninth grade, adds students who transfer into the cohort during the next three years and also subtracts students who transfer out, emigrate to another county or pass away during that same period, Gilliam said.

The graduation rate is then determined by calculating the percentage of students in the four-year adjusted cohort that graduate with a regular high school diploma is four years, he said.

Grade level break down

Elementary


The K-PREP tests assess elementary students in third, fourth and fifth grade 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).

MiddleAs in elementary schools, the K-PREP tests assess all middle school students in Reading and Mathematics. However, sixth-graders also will be assessed in Writing on-demand and Writing Mechanics; seventh-graders in Science; and eighth-graders in Social Studies and Writing on-demand.

A middle school’s overall score is based on Achievement (28 percent), Gap (28 percent), Growth (28 percent) and College Readiness (16 percent).

High

High school student’s are administered K-PREP End-of-Course assessments given in English 10, Algebra 2, Biology 1 and U.S. History for the school’s “achievement” component. Sophomores and juniors also are assessed in Writing on-demand.

A high school’s overall score is based on Achievement (20 percent), Gap (20 percent), Growth (20 percent), College/Career Readiness (20 percent) and Graduation Rate (20 percent).

BonusesThere also is potential for bonus scoring in “achievement” if the percentage of students scoring Distinguished is greater than the percentage at the Novice performance level. Schools can gain 0.5 points per percentage point.

High schools also are awarded a 0.5-point bonus for each percent of students who meet both College Readiness and Career Readiness standards.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

 

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