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  • State testing

    On Aug. 23, 2017, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved the regulation that will govern the state’s new accountability system under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Senate Bill 1 (2017). The accountability system is designed to promote and hold schools and districts accountable for student achievement and significantly reduce achievement gaps.

    Under the regulation, schools and districts would receive an overall rating of one to five stars (very low to very high) as determined by school performance on multiple indicators – proficiency, a separate academic indicator for science and social studies, growth (elementary and middle school), achievement gap closure, transition readiness, graduation rate (high school), and opportunity and access. Those performance levels combine to produce the overall star rating.

    The standard of performance required and the weighting of the indicators will be determined as part of a standards-setting process. The accountability regulation must move through the remainder of the regulatory process before it takes effect.


    The outgoing statewide system, Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All, addressed what students should learn, what would be tested, how subjects would be tested, when tests were given, what should comprise the public school accountability system, and more. Families whose children were tested in 2016-17 still received information about how their students fared. However, the release of state test scores looked different in fall 2017. If you need help interpreting the results, please call your child’s school.

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