Friday, February 10, 2017

Kentucky's accountability redesign is taking shape

| by Cory Curl, Associate Executive Director |

On Tuesday evening, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) discussed the most recent draft proposal for a new accountability and data reporting system for all Kentucky school districts and elementary, middle, and high schools.

This will be one of the most important policies that the Commonwealth of Kentucky sets for K-12 education. The Prichard Committee has been an active participant with KBE and other stakeholders in creating the new system.

The proposed accountability model will be how the state communicates ambitious goals for student learning, how it educates and empowers parents with information about schools, and one of the ways it provides education leaders and policymakers with data to make more informed decisions to improve opportunities for each student.

We hope that you will review and discuss the draft plan in your community. We will publish summaries and analysis of the draft over the next few weeks.

We believe that for the system to work effectively, it must drive outcomes in core subject areas, increase postsecondary readiness and provide every student opportunities to explore and perform in areas of interest. Additionally, the system must encourage ambitious goals for student outcomes to guide Kentucky to the top of national education rankings in the next ten years.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) plans to release the final plan for public comment in March and to submit the final accountability plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September. So there is ample time to share your suggestions, concerns, and questions before the plan takes its final form. Your engagement is critical to the successful implementation of the accountability system.

For more background, see our earlier post Accountability Changes: Six Big Questions and view our webinars and fact sheets about several considerations for accountability systems:

Please also reach out to us at any time if you have questions or want to learn more.

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