NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Kentucky's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 81.4%, Black 10%, Hispanic 1.9%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Kentucky Students

  Kentucky United States
Total Students 679,878 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 49.5% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 1.5% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 16.0% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Kentucky Schools

  Kentucky United States
Number of Schools 1,426 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 920 (78.0%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 146 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 45 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Kentucky Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $297,604,540 ; a 46% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: September 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

Kentucky Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  99.4% in low poverty schools, 98.9% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  97.6% in low poverty schools, 96.7% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Kentucky's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Kentucky 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 73% 68% 33%
White 75% 71% 36%
Black 54% 46% 14%
Hispanic 68% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 64% 57% 21%

  Kentucky 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 64% 73% 28%
White 66% 76% 30%
Black 48% 55% 14%
Hispanic 52% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 53% 64% 17%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Kentucky 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 60% 79% 31%
White 63% 82% 34%
Black 42% 59% 12%
Hispanic 50% 62% 15%
Low Income 50% 70% 18%

  Kentucky 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 49% 69% 27%
White 51% 73% 29%
Black 29% 42% 11%
Hispanic 39% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 36% 57% 15%

Source: Kentucky Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 222, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored 262, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored 220, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 264, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored 219, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored 266, while nationally they scored 261.

In 2002 4th graders scored 219, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored 265, while nationally they scored 261.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 235, while nationally they scored 239; 8th graders scored 279, while nationally they scored 280.  
In 2005 4th graders scored 231, while nationally they scored 237; 8th graders scored 274, while nationally they scored 278.  
In 2003 4th graders scored 229, while nationally they scored 234; 8th graders scored 274, while nationally they scored 276.
In 2000 4th graders scored 219, while nationally they scored 224; 8th graders scored 270, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Kentucky Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 83.3% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 73% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Kentucky Nation
6,650
(18.9%)
666,067
(24.2%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Kentucky Students % of Eligible Kentucky Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 36,005 3,063 (8.5%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 89,722 801 (0.9%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Kentucky

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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