Today, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released the results of a 2017-2018 student assessment which identifies Kentucky’s lowest-performing schools.
The report points out 51 of Kentucky’s lowest-performing schools are ranked in the bottom five percent or has under an 80 percent graduation rate–categorized as schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI).
“CSI schools are, by definition, the lowest performing schools in the state,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis in a press release. “Being on this list means that a significant shift must be undertaken to better address student learning. This is not about shaming schools, leaders, or teachers, but these schools can neither continue doing what they have always done, nor make only minor adjustments.”
In addition, KDE categorized 418 schools for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), meaning at least one student group is performing as poorly as schools in the bottom 5 percent. Lewis defined this category as a focus area to close achievement gaps and give attention to students who previously may have been underserved.
“It is an imperative that we ensure every group of students is performing at high levels. We can’t leave groups of students behind,” Lewis said. “This is a moral issue. Our expectation must be that all of our students can learn at high levels, regardless of income, gender, race/ethnicity, or disability status. It is schools’ responsibility to identify approaches, curricula, and strategies for meeting students’ needs. Our students and their families depend on it, and our Commonwealth depends on it.”