Carrollton, Ky. — October 18, 2021 — The Kentucky Department of Education has released testing accountability information for schools across Kentucky for the 2020-2021 school year.
The statewide assessment was administered in the spring of 2021, despite many schools across the Commonwealth experiencing COVID-19 learning disruptions and participating in virtual learning for part of the school year. Because of these unique circumstances, the United States Education Department gave flexibility during administration of the assessment, such as shortened assessments and longer testing windows. Since the pandemic impacted many aspects of learning during the past school year, the Kentucky Department of Education applied for a waiver from federal accountability, which means school accountability indicators and ratings are not part of the 2020-2021 reporting.
“I’m really proud of the work our staff and students did during the 2020-2021 school year,” said Superintendent Danny Osborne. “There were a lot of obstacles and barriers beyond our control that definitely impacted our staff and students. This has been a difficult year for all of us — our staff, students, families, as well as our community and industry. In spite of the barriers, we came together to finish last year strong and head into this new year with a renewed focus and emphasis on our focus areas. I’m looking forward to the great things I know we can all accomplish when we work together.”
The assessment that was previously called the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is now called the Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA). Since no assessment and accountability data was reported for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19, and since there were lower participation rates and a shortened online assessment, direct comparisons cannot be made to assessment data from previous years.
“Although we cannot place a lot of emphasis on results from this single assessment that was given after months of interrupted learning, we can use it to further build upon the measures we have already put in place to address the impact of COVID-19 on students, families and schools,” said Jonica Ray, assistant superintendent. “It is one piece of data to contribute to our overall plan of providing the academic and social emotional support we know our students need to make progress this school year and beyond.”
All results from the KSA are available online through the School Report Card.
As part of the KSA, all Kentucky public school juniors participate in the ACT, which tests students in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The Carroll County School District’s overall composite score was 16.5, which is 1.5 below the state average. To see the full ACT Data for the 2020-2021 school year, click here.
Another component of the KSA is graduation rate. The district has historically maintained a high graduation rate, and this continued through the pandemic with the KSA showing a graduation rate above 90%. To see the graduation rate data, click here.
To view the full School Report Card 2020-2021 Assessed Student Data for Carroll County Public Schools and the State, click here.
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Ky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.