New accountability model for KY schools

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HARLAN, Ky (WYMT) - A new accountability model for the Kentucky Department of Education could mean lower state test scores.

The state is adopting the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model which is completely different than the former CATS testing system that was in place for 10 years.

"A brand new way of looking at how schools are doing and how they are educating their students and getting ready for college and careers," said Lisa Gross with the Kentucky Department of Education.

At Harlan County High School, administrators are letting parents know that their students scores might not be as high this year under the new Unbridled Learning Accountability Model.

"So essentially students who have been bringing home proficient scores for 2,3,4 years, parents will see them come home with scores that aren't," said Harlan County Assistant Superintendent Brent Roark.

State officials say they expect scores to be 30 to 40 points lower, but under this new model, they also want parents to know these scores cannot be compared to previous years.

"We fully expect that the percentage of students who score high on reading and math, specifically, are going to look a lot lower than they used to," said Gross.

With this new model, schools will now be ranked across the state, and there will be added emphasis on college and career readiness.

School administrators in Harlan County say even with the new changes, teachers are still making sure students are ready for these tests.

"I don't see anything changing with that. It's just the way it is going to be reported to the public and perceived by the public," said Roark.

Officials expect to release last years test scores at the end of the month.

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