FRANKFORT — The question of whether Kentucky schools should continue to be labeled as proficient, distinguished or "needs improvement" is among the issues that the Kentucky Board of Education discussed Tuesday.
Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut said that when the testing model was launched in the 2011-12 school year, there was a decision to review it after three years. That process has started. Over the summer, state education officials asked for feedback and suggestions from educators, the public and from some stakeholder groups.
State education officials are talking about "making adjustments and not a wholesale change," Draut said.
The board did not decide anything Tuesday. It will revisit the issue in December. The General Assembly has to review changes.
In addition to being judged on how well students score in academics, the state's testing programs evaluate how well students progress compared with their peers, the gap between high and low performing students, how many students graduate and how many are ready for college and careers.
When statewide test scores were released last week, Draut said the number of program review classifications approximately doubled from 2012-13 to the 2013-14 school year. Draut and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said state education officials would audit program reviews because of concerns about inflated scores.
In the future, program reviews could still be a part of a school or district's overall score, but might not be used in determining whether a school or district meets its goals in the accountability system, they said.
Another question that state board members reviewed is whether it is misleading to label a school "distinguished" when the school has a problem with the achievement of children who are a minority, disabled, or poor.