The Anchorage School team is proud of our students! Today the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released Spring 2017 Assessment Results. Once again, Anchorage School students scored very well. We are pleased to share that our percentage of students scoring proficient or distinguished soars well above the state average in all areas. This morning we learned that our elementary students’ reading and math assessment scores are among the top ten of all elementary schools in the state, and our middle school students’ math, reading and social studies scores are among the top ten of all middle schools in the state!
The are several measures released by KDE, related to student performance on the assessment. Measures for student growth, gap, achievement and the overall percentage of students scoring novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished are all contained in data that our district receives from KDE. The “Achievement” calculation released by the KDE is based on students’ performance levels of novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished (NAPD) in all content areas. To determine “Achievement Scores” districts are awarded one point for each percent of students scoring proficient or distinguished. One-half point is awarded for each percent of students scoring apprentice. No points are awarded for novice students. After the points are tallied, schools can earn bonus points up to a top score of 100. To calculate the bonus, each percent distinguished earns an additional one-half point, and the percent novice earns a negative one-half point, so that when the distinguished and novice values are combined, the novice points may offset the distinguished bonus. If the novice performance completely offsets the distinguished bonus, no points are added to or subtracted from the achievement calculation.
Anchorage received a top 100% Achievement Score in the following content areas:
Elementary — Reading, Math, Social Studies and Language Mechanics
Middle School — Reading, Math, Social Studies and Language Mechanics
New This Year:
Currently, Kentucky is in a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model which started in 2012. The new accountability model changes how schools are evaluated and rated. This is expected to be in effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Until the new accountability system takes effect, our situation is changing. We are moving away from the old toward the new. Gone are the old classifications of Needs Improvement, Proficient and Distinguished. Instead, in 2018 schools and districts will be rated on a star system, with five stars being the highest rank. You may remember last year Anchorage School received the highest classification of Distinguished/High Progress and the School District earned the highest reward classification as a District of Distinction. Those classifications were not assigned to schools this year.
Some fast facts related to the changes in the assessment system and the transition to a new accountability model are as follows:
- Senate Bill 1, 2017, required a new accountability system to be developed. KDE is following this requirement. Therefore, no overall scores, learner information, or labels will be produced.
- During this transition period, schools and districts are being encouraged to focus on:
- Students not performing at proficiency in content areas of reading/writing, mathematics, science and social studies;
- Closing the achievement gaps; and
- Identifying student demographic groups that need additional supports.
- In 2018 schools and districts will be evaluated on six indicators — proficiency in reading/writing and mathematics; proficiency in science and social studies, growth for elementary and middle schools; transition readiness; graduation rate for only high schools; achievement gap closure; and opportunity and access.
- Beginning in 2018, instead of the current report card, school and district performance on the different indicators will be displayed on gauges in a dashboard format.
As the state transitions to a new accountability system, Anchorage School will continue to focus on our mission of educating students to become strong problem solvers, critical thinkers, excellent communicators, and community contributors. We believe that an exemplary school:
- promotes high academic standards
- provides relevant, in-depth and integrated learning
- develops a well-rounded curriculum and student
- uses technology as a tool for learning
- offers a physically and emotionally safe environment
- encourages creativity
- develops a partnership of students, staff, parents, and community
As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Kentucky has set long-term goals with regard to closing the achievement gap. The state wants to decrease the achievement gap of all students with goals for each student group, subject and level. Anchorage School will also focus on decreasing the achievement gap of all students.
Please join us on November 14th at 2:00 p.m. or November 20th at 6:00 p.m. for more information on our school’s assessment results. We will review how they were calculated, changes to the accountability system during this transition year and planned changes for the coming year. The meeting is designed to keep our parents informed of our students’ academic performance and to answer questions regarding Kentucky’s accountability system.
While we are proud of our students, at APS we believe it’s about more than a test. We believe our focus on educating the whole child builds strong minds, strong hearts and strong bodies. Thank you to everyone in the Anchorage Community who has volunteered in our school and supported our student programs. You each contribute to our students’ success! If you are not a volunteer but are interested, there are many ways that you can get involved. For more information please contact Principal Andrew Terry at 502.245.2121.