Overall student performance increased
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2014) – Student performance, college/career-readiness and the number of students graduating from high school are improving, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.
“The numbers show, without a doubt, that we are making progress,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “The gains we are seeing are the result of a lot of hard work by our teachers, administrators, and our students with the support of parents, community members and our education partners – they all share in this good news.”
Overall student performance showed improvement from 2013 with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in most subjects at every grade level; students in groups that have historically had achievement gaps also are performing at higher levels across multiple content areas and grade levels.
Additionally in 2014, the college/career readiness rate jumped to 62.3 percent – up from 54.1 percent last year and 47.2 percent in 2012. The four-year graduation rate is up as well – from 86.1 percent in 2012-13 to 87.4 percent in the 2013-14 school year.
“With Senate Bill 1 in 2009, lawmakers charted a course of education reform that included rigorous standards, aligned assessments and a balanced accountability model, with a focus on better preparing our students for life after high school,” Holliday said. “Well, that plan is clearly working; we must stay the course and not lose sight of our goal – providing a world-class education so that every child in Kentucky public schools is proficient and prepared for success and graduates from high school ready for college and career.”
The state exceeded its 2014 accountability goal of 65.3 with an overall score of 68.7 out of 100. A total of 641 schools and 95 districts are performing at the highest levels – classified as either proficient or distinguished, while 860 schools and 79 districts met the requirements to be considered progressing.
This is the third year the state has reported results from Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System.