Significant Tentative Dates
- July 17-19 – Science assessment standards setting for grades 4 and 7.
- Late July to Early August – Selected College Entrance Exam for Accountability System announced.
- August 2nd – Kentucky Board of Education’s 1st reading of revised Math and ELA standards, possibly Social Studies and 1st reading of revised graduation requirements.
- Early August – Elementary and middle school individual student results released in Pearson Access for all subjects except Science.
- Mid-August – 4th and 7th grade individual student results released for Science.
- Late August – Setting weights, cut scores and decision rules for the identification of CSI and TSI schools. KDE work facilitated by the Center for Assessment.
- Early September – Special called Kentucky Board of Education meeting to review and approve accountability standard setting for the identification of CSI and TSI schools.
- Mid-September – Schools identified for CSI and TSI are notified.
- Late September to Early November – New School Report Card released.
- October 3rd – Kentucky Board of Education’s 1st reading of revised Social Studies Standards, if not read in August.
- February 6th – State board meeting reviews Opportunity and Access for possible revision.
- Fall 2019 – 5 Star Rating Introduced and new graduation requirements take affect for incoming high school freshmen.
Kentucky Board of Education June Meeting
The Kentucky Board of Education met June 6th for the first time with Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis. Several in-depth topics were discussed that either directly or indirectly affect accountability and assessment. See below for topics and time frames in which they were discussed in the afternoon session.
Revision of Graduation Requirements (22 min. to 1:41)
Accountability Standards Setting (1:41 to 2:33)
Opportunity and Access (2:33 to 2:52)
Flexibility for Online Testing (2:52 to 3:08)
Quotes and Discussion Points from KBE Afternoon Session
Revision of Graduation Requirements
- Main objective is that a high school diploma means something. All students should be able to communicate, achieve academically, critically think, adapt to change and collaborate.
- Should Algebra II be required of all students?
- Students should obtain Essential Skills that includes items like Financial Literacy.
- High school separated into two layers – 9th through 10th thought of as a requirement layer and 11th through 12th as a performance layer with student choice in path. Follow link for draft visual presented to the board.
- Idea of End of Span test is being explored at the end of 10th grade year, which would test Reading, Math and possibly Writing. Additionally, an End of Span test at the end of 11th grade year that would test Science, Social Studies and possibly Writing.
- Exploring the idea of requiring a passing score on the 10th grade End of Span test in Reading and Math to graduate. Some discussion on this with the Commissioner expressing thoughts of proficiency requiring the equivalent of an 8th grade Reading level and Proficiency up through Algebra 1 not including Algebra 2 nor Geometry.
- If End of Span given in the 10th grade year, it would give students the ability to retake or possibly show competency in another form.
- 11th and 12th grade year would be more about specialization and college entrance.
- A general diploma could be given with seals of distinction in areas such as tech competency, honors, work ethic, biliteracy…
- Alternate Assessment, Alternate Diploma and providing for accommodations would still exist.
- 1st reading of revised graduation requirements at August Board meeting.
- Incoming Freshmen for Fall 2019 would be first group affected by changes.
Accountability Standards Setting
- 2018 Fall reporting is about identifying schools for CSI (Comprehensive Support and Improvement) and TSI (Targeted Support and Improvement). This is a federal requirement, but the 5 Star rating system will not be used until Fall of 2019.
- Follow the link for further guidance provided on CSI and TSI Entrance and Exit Criteria. A school identified for TSI three years in a row will then be identified as CSI.
- The Accountability at a Glance document identifies which components of the accountability system will be used for CSI and TSI placement this coming Fall and the Transition Readiness document identifies which parts of Transition Ready will be used as well.
- The Kentucky Board of Education has received a 6.25% cut in the budget with 49 positions identified for elimination. The Office of Teaching and Learning has taken a hard hit due to this and will likely only offer current Science TCTs and not generate new items for the bank this upcoming year.
- KDE is working with the Center for Assessment from New Hampshire to help set weights, cut scores and decision rules for the new accountability system. This work is to begin in late August. Brian Gong and Chris Domaleski from the Center for Assessment presented on greater details at the board meeting.
Opportunity and Access
- The Board selected to delay the Opportunity and Access component of the
Accountability System until more data could be gathered and presented at the February
2019 Board meeting. Questions were raised about the Rich Curriculum piece of Opportunity and Access in regards to its feasibility in measurement, to what degree the measure would differentiate performance and could it be separated out by subgroups.
Flexibility for On-line Testing
Board approved request from the Office of Assessment and Accountability to allow the extension of the end of year state assessment window, so that options for on-line testing can be considered.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis Policy Priorities
- Achievement Gaps: Significantly reducing economic and racial/ethnic achievement gaps o As measured by standardized examinations, high school graduation rates, and transition readiness rates
- Early learning: Significantly increasing young learners’ proficiency in reading and mathematics as measured by standardized examinations in 3rd grade
- High School Graduation Requirements: Revising and implementing minimum high school graduation requirements
- Including required demonstration of competence in reading and basic mathematics, and demonstration of readiness for transition into a career or postsecondary education/training
- Skills Gap: Increasing the number and percentage of high school students completing CTE pathways and earning industry recognized credentials in high-demand sectors
- Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPOs): Increasing the number and percentage of high school students successfully completing early postsecondary opportunities (EPOs) o Including dual credit, dual enrollment, articulated credit, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge
- Reducing Bureaucracy: Increasing flexibility and autonomy for public schools and school districts in exchange for performance accountability
- Including revision of the current Districts of Innovation (001) program through proposed changes to regulation and statute, and continuing to advocate for increased flexibility for public schools with the Kentucky General Assembly
- School/Program Choice: Expanding the number and type of high-quality public school options available to Kentucky’s students
- Including high-quality schools and programs of choice within traditional public school districts, KDE-operated schools and area technology centers (ATCs), and the growth of a new public charter school sector