The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district assessment and accountability data from the 2018-19 school year, as well as assigned an Overall Rating of one to five stars, based on combined school-level measures and indicators. The purpose is to create a system to drive individual school improvement, and initiate conversations on what is working well or needs improvement. The Kentucky Department of Education cautions against viewing the star ratings as a summative assessment or judgement and notes that the ratings do not reflect the entirety of a complex education system.
The system utilizes six accountability indicators from spring 2019 student assessments:
Reading and math proficiency
Proficiency in social studies, science and writing
Transition Readiness (High School Only)
Graduation Rate (High School Only)
Click here for a Summary of BGISD District and School Indicators and Star Ratings
Data provided by the state has allowed Bowling Green Independent Schools the opportunity to review and make adjustments at each school. The data indicates areas of school success, progress at each school, however also shows work to do and areas of improvement. The data also validates the work of the 2019-20 District Improvement Plan, which established curriculum alignment and equity as two primary goals.
Although needs are different at each school, BGISD classroom teachers and school leaders are working to continually improve. The district is proud of the collaborative conversations occurring, with all schools coming together to define learning standards, aligning their instruction, and establishing common milestones. Schools are also taking an intent look at equity needs, which includes achievement gaps as well as English language learners.
More in-depth information about Kentucky public schools and districts is available on the Kentucky School Report Card: kyschoolreportcard.com. The website includes overall characteristics of each school, including attendance rates, enrollment, demographics, percentages of economically disadvantaged students, and also the ability to view detailed tables of information for various points of interest.