Who are we?
is helping Kentuckians prepare for new academic
standards that will prepare students to succeed in
college & career
is an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic
Excellence, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, and partnerships with the KY Department
of Education, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce,
the Council on Post Secondary Education and others.
Objectives for this session
 To introduce ReadyKentucky and services we offer
 To explain the academic standards and how they will
better prepare our students for a global job market
 To understand how students, schools and districts will
be assessed and held accountable
 To understand how producing college and career
ready students is important to your workforce,
community and state
What Are Standards?
Standards are simply what
students are expected to learn as
they move from grade to grade
through school.
Example of math standards for
1. Know number names and the count sequence.
2. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
3. Count forward beginning from a given number
within the known sequence (instead of having to
begin at 1).
4. Write numbers from 0 to 20.
Where did the ‘new’ standards come from?
 Kentucky and 47 other states brought together by the National
Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School
 Subject-area experts, educators, college professors and
business people from all fields and from across the nation
helped develop the standards.
 KY had more than 150 educators and citizens involved.
46 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories have
voluntarily adopted the new standards to date.
(Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia not adopted yet.)
Power of Common Standards
 Compare student work from state to state
 Share tests, textbooks, technology
 Share teaching strategies
 One set of clear, consistent expectations
 Internationally competitive goals
 High expectations for all students
 Addresses student mobility
 Ensures a skilled workforce
 More efficient use of tax dollars
Building on Student Progress
Latest KY rankings – Quality Counts:
 Top 10 in 4th grade reading for 2009 and 2010
 Top 20 in 8th grade reading for 2009 and 2010
 Top 10 in 4th grade science in 2010, including
closing the gap
 Top 10 in 4th grade growth in math proficiency
Moving from what we had:
Core Content…….
…To the new KY Core Academic Standards
Grade 6 Standard/English Language Arts:
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and
phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of
a) Use content (e.g. the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph, a word’s
position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
b) Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the
meaning of a word (e.g. audience, auditory, audible).
c) Consult reference materials (e.g. dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses, both print
and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise
meaning or its part of speech.
d) Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g. by
checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Complex Text Shifts Lexiles
Program Reviews
Writing and communication opportunities that are
authentic and have a school-wide vision
Arts and Humanities that provide experiences for all
students in creating, performing and responding to
Practical Living and Career Studies that provide
experiences in health, physical education, technology,
careers, business and leadership
What is Career Readiness?
 Academic skills that allow students to
function/excel in workplace or routine daily
 Employability skills: critical thinking and
responsibility; other skills for success in life
 Technical and job-specific skills that offer lifesustaining wages
How Will College/Career Readiness Be
Meet Benchmarks on ACT-grade 11 at state expense or
taken privately any time in high school
Reading: 20, English: 18, Math: 19
Pass a college placement test: Compass, KYOTE
Other career measures like industry certificates and/or
KOSSA, and pass military test (ASVAB), or ACT Work Keys
Assessment and Accountability…
 What is tested and when?
 How are the scores used for student growth?
 How are the scores used for school/district growth?
How Will Students Be Scored?
Distinguished – exceeded state standards
Proficient – met state standards
Apprentice – progress toward standards
Novice – not meeting standards
Students’ scores flow into School
scores for accountability:
To produce a raw Achievement score for the school/district, for each
Proficient and distinguished scores, a school gets a full credit.
Apprentice scores, a school gets a half a credit.
Novice scores, no credit.
Note: to provide a bonus for distinguished performance, schools will
get an extra half credit for each percent distinguished students
only IF they have more students in the distinguished category
than the novice category.
Current Ideas for State Assessment and
2012 - 2013
When full accountability is implemented, NGL will produce 70%, NGIP&S will produce 20% and NGP will
produce 10% of the Overall Accountability score for a school and district.
This year accountability is based on 100% NGL, next year it will be 77% NGL and 23% NGIP&S.
Test Scores that ‘count’ for each area of
Gap Groups
Subgroups of a school population will receive reports to
help schools identify learning gaps. Reports will show
the percent proficient and distinguished students of
ethnicities, Special Education, Poverty and Limited
English Proficiency.
Measurable goals will be set for each separate group.
For School and District Accountability, these students will
count once in a separately calculated ‘Student Gap
Group’ for statistical purposes.
The number of students in the Gap Group will be based
on the total school population, not the grade by
grade rule from past years.
Growth: based on reading and mathematics Gr. 3–8
and PLAN to ACT in Reading and mathematics for HS
Compares a student’s score to the academic peers –
students who started at the same academic level.
Schools and Districts will be awarded points for the
percentage of students with typical growth or better
on the annual tests.
Typical growth has been defined within the academic
levels as 40th percentile or better.
Laymens’ example: If Robyn and Doug both score novice on the Gr. 3
reading test. Then after another year of instruction, Robyn is
still novice on the Gr. 4 test but Doug is proficient, the school
gets points for his growth. (VERY OVERSIMPLIFIED!)
Weightings of categories:
Example of Potential Categories for
Cut score (to be determined) points or more in Achievement + Gap + Growth
To maintain Distinguished, schools must continue to show improvement.
Cut score (to be determined) points in Achievement + Gap + Growth
To maintain Proficient, schools must continue to show improvement.
Cut score (to be determined) points in Achievement + Gap + Growth
Priority Schools
(Bottom 5% or 5 of Fewer than cut score (to be determined) points in Achievement + Gap + Growth
schools statewide)
Other terms to be used in future:
Based on Overall Score:
Highest Performing Schools (must meet AMO and
graduation rate of 60% prior 2 years)
With High Distinction (95th percentile +)
Highest Performing (90th percentile or higher)
High Progress Schools – After 2 yrs of data, top 10%
based on Progress in the state.
Progressing Schools – Any school meeting it AMO goal in
second year and after.
Needs Improvement – any school not meeting AMO
Focus School – any school with a gap or graduation rate
not meeting AMO
What Do We Need From You?
Be a ‘grocery store ambassador.’ Share this
information with other parents, community
groups or other connections you may have.
Use the resources and web sites provided to
assist your own children, relatives and others.
What did I learn that I did not already know?
What more do I need to help me be effective or
help others?
Where are three places I can share this
information immediately?
For More Information
Robyn Oatley
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