Education officials defend test data to board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Some Kentucky board of education members are asking whether the state's new assessments set goals high enough to lift up low-performing schools.

Since test scores were released in November, critics have questioned why low-performing schools only have to move up one point next year to be considered improving.

At the board's meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday, board member Roger Marcum asked associate education commissioner Ken Draut whether a one-point goal is high enough to lead to significant progress.

Draut defended the low annual goals, saying a panel of experts has said they are appropriate. He also stressed that the goals would be revisited after next year's test results and that they are not the department's first priority.

Draut said the No. 1 priority for schools is to reach proficiency, not to make the one-point goal.

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