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CCPS Exceeds State Graduation Rate; Test Data Release Impacted by Changes to Senate Bill 1
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
CCPS Testing Data Release 2016-17
CCPS Testing Data Release 2016-17

 

 CCPS Exceeds State Graduation Rate; Test Data Release Impacted by Changes to Senate Bill 1 

 

State test results from school year 2016-17 have recently been released by the Kentucky Department of Education. The reporting for the 2016-17 school year varies greatly from results in past years while under the Unbridled Learning accountability system.  

 

It is important to note that Senate Bill 1 (2017) had an immediate impact on assessment and accountability for 2016-17, resulting in how school and district data is generated and reported.  All schools in Kentucky are in the midst of a transition, as efforts are being made to develop a new accountability system. This year, data generated by the Kentucky Department of Education will not yield the same type of labeling system.

 

For the 2015-16 school year, Christian County was labeled a Proficient District and also a High Progress district, which recognized that student performance on all parts of the Unbridled Learning accountability system was among the top 10% in the state in terms of improvement. With the passage of Senate Bill 1, no school or district will have an overall label or designation as in past years. In addition, no overall scores will be generated from the components of the accountability system.  Therefore, much of the data shared by the Kentucky Department of Education for 2016-17 is not comparable to 2015-16 results. PLEASE NOTE: As a result, the “Learners” tab has been removed from the School Report Card.  The data that remains is on the “Assessment tab”, which includes all tested students.

 

"Christian County has once again exceeded the state's graduation rate! Among other key data points, this is just one of the reasons we have to be proud! Kudos to our students, staff and many others who worked tirelessly to help our district reach this level of success. We feel strongly that the data we've received will play a significant role in how we work to continue improving student learning in our district. Though we can expect changes in our state's accountability system over the next year(s), we are assured that future data will continue to aid us in the work we must do to prepare our students for the 21st century," says Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill.

 

Improved Graduation Rate; District Exceeds State Average

 

Christian County High School, Hopkinsville High School, and the District improved 5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate* from the previous year.  The District’s Graduation Rate for the 5-year Cohort improved to 93.1 from 90.3, which is above the state’s rate of 90.2; Christian County High School improved by 3 points to 97.4; and Hopkinsville High School improved by 2.1 points to 96.2.

 

Christian County’s 4-year Cohort* Rate of 91.4 also exceeded the state rate of 89.8.  Christian County High School’s 4-year Cohort Rate of 95.9 and Hopkinsville High School’s 4-Year Cohort Rate of 94.0 also exceeded the state’s 4-Year Cohort Rate. *Please see end of release for 5 and 4 year Graduation Rate definitions.

 

Student Improvement by Target Populations

 

Many gap populations showed growth in reading and math from the 2016-17 school year.  In some schools, the Non-Duplicated Gap group as a whole showed growth.  In others, specific target populations showed improvement. If a school does not have at least 10 members of a target population enrolled, then that school’s data for that particular population is suppressed according to FERPA regulations.  (see charts *attached).

 

How Assessments are Scored:

 

The individual student results are reported in the performance levels Novice, Apprentice, Proficient or Distinguished in the subject area. All of the students’ scores feed into the larger school score in each subject area. Schools and districts will receive an overall score in each subject area on a scale 0 to 100. 

 

The formula for those measurements includes the following elements:

 

  • Achievement- student achievement on reading, math, social studies and writing tests, with science part of high school accountability. Science tests were field-tested in 2016-17 based on new standards, and will return in the future as part of accountability for elementary and middle. 
  • Gap- how achievement varies among different groups (race/ethnicity, special education, low-income) of students
  • Growth- how much student performance improves in reading and math from one year to the next. Note: There is no growth calculation for high schools. 
  • College/Career Readiness- number of students who hit the targets to achieve the required level of preparation for life after high school.  CCR rates are reported for high schools and the district only.
  • Graduation Rate- number of students in a regular education program completing high school on time according to state and federal guidelines. Graduation Rates are reported for the District and high schools only.

 

4-Year and 5-Year Graduation Rate Definitions 

 

The “4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” is defined as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier adjusting for transfers in and out, émigrés and deceased students. 
 
The “5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” is defined as the number of students who graduate in five years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school five years earlier adjusting for transfers in and out, émigrés and deceased students.

 

Source: Kentucky Department of Education. Visit the website at www.education.ky.gov