Kentucky has mixed results in annual Quality Counts report about schools

Kentucky held mostly steady in Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report released Thursday, Kentucky Department of Education officials said.

The report tracks key education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes.

The report did not provide overall rankings but did assign specific grades and state rankings in six categories.

While none of Kentucky's grades changed from 2013, the state saw an improvement in its Chance for Success ranking, which takes into account 13 indicators that span a person's lifetime.

The state lost some ground in K-12 Achievement, and a state news release said that was likely due to more students with disabilities and with limited English proficiency completing the National Assessment of Educational Progress test without special assistance or accommodation.

Kentucky showed growth on the Advanced Placement test performance indicator, the release said. Additionally, on a 100-point scale, Kentucky scored above average (80 or above) in nine areas, which included college readiness.

The state's lowest score was in spending with 55.5 points, which is an F. Kentucky's per-pupil expenditure is $1,418 below the national average. Only 7.1 percent of students in the state go to school in a district with spending at or above the national average. Nationally, the number is 46 percent.