State Testing & Accountability

  • The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates the U.S. Department of Education to require states to implement school accountability and school identification requirements for the 2021-22 school year. The Kentucky Board of Education has approved amendments to 703 KAR 5:270 to include changes required by Senate Bill 158 (2020). The regulation is moving through the legislative process and is expected to become effective in the fall of 2021. 

    The new accountability system includes an exclusive list of six state indicators that measure school performance:

    • State Assessment Results in reading and mathematics
    • State Assessment Results in science, social studies, and writing
    • English Learner Progress
    • Quality of School Climate and Safety
    • Postsecondary Readiness (high school only)
    • Graduation Rate (high school only)

    The system's overall performance for each district, school, and student demographic group will combine the current year's status and improvement from the prior year. Districts' and schools' results will be displayed on a color-coded online dashboard beginning in the fall of 2023.  

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