System caught short on class planning
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 29, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At this time last year, the Trigg County school system knew exactly where it stood in the federal No Child Left Behind rankings. Principals, teachers and Board of Education employees were scrambling to plan how they would get out of the Tier Three status (four consecutive years of not meeting adequate yearly progress).

This year, though, the district has to wait an extra month to know if the previous year’s work paid off. Lisa Gross, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education, said this happened because Kentucky added items to its assessment tests this year, which meant that KDE had to re-standardize the scoring system.

“It took time to compare the new tests to the standards already in place,” Gross said.

Gross said that the KCCT tests cover seven subjects and that as many six different versions are administered to keep wandering eyes off classmates’ exams. KDE notified the federal government that this would cause a delay in when math and reading scores could be counted for the NCLB results. She said they could have sent districts preliminary data, but that those are sometimes inaccurate and tend to cause confusion, rather than helping schools plan ahead. She said the NCLB scores should be released to the public on Sept. 12, and that the final KCCT scores would be released on Sept. 26.

When the scores were released last August, Trigg County was relegated to Tier Three status. However, said Mary Ann Lander, the retiring assistant superintendent of instruction, the individual schools were not actually given a tier. She said that last year was the first time the high school had not met adequate yearly progress (AYP), but that it was the fourth year that the district as a whole had not made AYP.

Find out about Trigg County's No Child Left Behind prospects in The Cadiz Record.
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