"Unbridled Learning" results released for Kentucky's school districts

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released its annual report card for Kentucky schools.

These report cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more.

The scores incorporate results from the Unbridled Learning Accountability assessments.

Officials with the KDE say the results show the number of students graduating from high school and considered college/career-ready continues to increase. In 2016, the college/career readiness rate jumped to 68.5 – up from 66.9 last year and 62.5 the previous year. The four-year graduation rate is up as well to 88.6 – from 88.0 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

"Kentucky schools are to be congratulated for their continued progress on graduating more students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the 21st century," said Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. "The gains we are seeing are the result of a lot of hard work by our teachers, administrators and our students with the support of parents, community members and our education partners."

More students are scoring at higher levels in most grades and subjects since the state launched its assessment and accountability system five years ago, according to data. The numbers of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year. A total of 802 schools and 138 districts are classified as either proficient or distinguished.

The percent of students scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels has increased in nearly every subject and at every grade level since 2012, the first year of the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessments. The state's overall score as well as elementary and high school overall scores also improved over last year. The overall score for middle schools declined.

"While we would like to see big gains in achievement every year, it also is equally important to look at the areas we fall short in and use those results to make good decisions for students," Pruitt said. "We are committed to pushing forward in order to prepare all students for a bright future."

This is the fifth and final year the state will report results from Kentucky's Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System, which will be phased out and replaced with a new accountability system being created as a result of Congress' re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in December 2016. The new law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), gives states more flexibility and provides state and local control over the accountability process.

You can find the results for your school and school district by clicking here.

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