Parent-teacher conferences will be held in all Adair County schools on Monday, November 13. Schools will be notifying parents soon as to how to schedule a conference with a child’s teacher. Test results from 2016-17 were released recently and parents can pick up their child’s test results that day.
Since this is a year of transition in Kentucky’s accountability system, this year’s reported results are quite different from previous years, but individual student reports will still contain vital information so parents can follow the student’s academic progress.
Changes to Accountability Model
There is no longer an overall numerical index, nor are there categories of performance levels for schools and districts. Percentile rankings among schools and districts have also been eliminated based on amendments to Senate Bill 1, which were enacted by the legislature in 2017.
Test Results 2016-17
Unofficially, under the old system of accountability, Adair County Primary and Adair County Elementary School (with joint accountability) would have garnered enough points to reach the distinguished level for the first time ever, which is quite an accomplishment. It is possible the schools only missed being a School of Distinction by .3 of a point.
The district will still be celebrating that accomplishment because the students and staff have worked too hard to reach this goal to have it be overlooked because of changes to the accountability system.
Graduation and College and Career Readiness
The College and Career Readiness target set for ACHS was met and exceeded, as was the graduation rate. Unofficially, Adair County High School would have also reached new heights as well and would have met the benchmark to be classified as a School of Distinction, the highest category under the old Unbridled Learning accountability model. This would have been another first for the school and district and this, too, will be celebrated.
Closing Achievement Gaps
One of the biggest reasons the elementary schools and the high school were able to show such gains was due to reducing gaps for individual students. Gaps groups are broken down by gender, ethnicity, migrant, English Language Learners, disabilities, and socioeconomic status.
Adair County Middle School struggled a bit with closing achievement gaps in 2016-17 due to a lower percentage of students reaching the proficient mark. The school posted good achievement scores and students showed substantial growth in the two areas identified for growth-reading and math. But, since all scores would have been weighted equally, the gap score was detrimental to the overall total. The school would have been a Needs Improvement school under the previous system.
Complete information on all schools in the state can be found on the School Report Card link on either the Adair County website or the Kentucky Department of Education website.