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Readyky@prichardcommittee org www readykentucky org

Readyky prichardcommittee readykentucky

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
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
What Are Standards?

Standards are simply what students are expected to learn as they move from grade to grade through school.

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Example of math standards for kindergarten:

  • Know number names and the count sequence.

  • Count to 100 by ones and by tens.

  • Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).

  • Write numbers from 0 to 20.

Where did the new standards come from
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 Officers.

  • 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
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

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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
Moving from what we had: Core Content…….

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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 strategies.

  • 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.

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g. audience, auditory, audible).

  • 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.

  • 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).

Program reviews
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 arts

Practical Living and Career Studies that provide experiences in health, physical education, technology, careers, business and leadership

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What is Career Readiness?

  • Academic skills that allow students to function/excel in workplace or routine daily activities

  • Employability skills: critical thinking and responsibility; other skills for success in life

  • Technical and job-specific skills that offer life- sustaining wages

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How Will College/Career Readiness Be Measured?

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
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
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
Students’ scores flow into School scores for accountability:

To produce a raw Achievement score for the school/district, for each percent:

  • 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 accountability
Current Ideas for State Assessment and Accountability accountability:


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.

Gap groups
Gap Groups accountability:

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
Growth accountability: : 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
Weightings of categories: accountability:




Other terms to be used in future
Other terms to be used in future: accountability:

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
What Do We Need From You? accountability:

  • 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.

Reflection accountability:

  • 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?

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For More Information accountability:

Robyn Oatley

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