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Title: Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap
  • A 3-hour training for experienced SBDM Council

  • Provide an overview of the Unbridled Learning
  • Define gap and unduplicated group
  • Understand the expectations defined in Guidelines
    for Closing the Gaps for All Students.
  • Discuss and select strategies to close the
    achievement gap most appropriate to assist with
    your school improvement plan.

Unbridled Learning
  • The Unbridled Learning Accountability Model will
    be applied for the first time to assessment
    scores and other data from the 2011-12 school
    year. Public school students began taking the new
    Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational
    Progress (K-PREP) assessments in reading,
    mathematics, science, social studies and writing
    in the Spring 2012.

Unbridled Learning
  • Students also have participated in End-of-Course
    assessments in specific subjects at the high
    school level. Scores from these assessments,
    along with data on closing achievement gaps,,
    student academic growth, graduation rate, and
    college/career readiness, will be used to
    determine school and district accountability

Video Presentation
  • Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday
    explains the Unbridled Learning accountability
    model in a videotaped presentation.
  • Click here to view the presentation.

Achievement Gap
  • Achievement gap means a substantive performance
    difference on each of the tested areas by grade
    level on the state assessment program between the
    various groups of students including male and
    female students, students with and without
    disabilities, students with and without English
    proficiency, minority and nonminority students,
    and student who are eligible for free and reduced
    lunch and those who are not eligible for free and
    reduced lunch.
  • KRS 158.649(1)

Expectations and Goals
  • Expectation 1
  • Goals 1, 2, and 3
  • Expectation 2
  • Goals 4 and 5
  • Expectation 3
  • Goals 6, 7, and 8
  • Expectation 4
  • Goals 9 and 10

Expectation 1
  • Provide information about the overall academic
    and social status of Kentucky schools and
    districts in a format that is useful and
    accessible to the public.

Expectation 1
  • Goal 1 Utilize information from school and
    district report cards when developing focus
    points for District and School Improvement Plans.
  • Goal 2 Develop District and School Improvement
    Plans in such a way that they provide necessary
    details to encourage student, parent and
    community participation in student and school
    improvement efforts.
  • Goal 3 Develop appropriate responses to
    information provided on report card.

Expectation 2
  • Ensure that all students, regardless of race,
    gender, and ethnic background, disability or
    socioeconomic status, have access to a rigorous
    curriculum and get the support necessary to be
    successful in a rigorous curriculum.

Expectation 2
  • Goal 4 All schools and districts will foster the
    development of environments that result in
    respect of all socio-cultural differences.
  • Goal 5 engage in collaboration with parents and
    community members to address the academic and
    social (environmental) needs of the school and
    its students.

Expectation 3
  • Create an environment of high expectations, with
    administrators, teachers and staff taking
    ownership for meeting the needs of all students.

Expectation 3
  • Goal 6 Utilize available Interventions Research
    provided by the KDE or other agencies.
  • Goal 7 Reinforce the implementation of
    professional development at all levels.
  • Goal 8 Administrators and teachers should be
    intentional about changes to help students in the

Expectation 4
  • Create open, honest communication about the work
    of the Kentucky Department of Education,
    individual districts and schools with all

Expectation 4
  • Goal 9 Provide open communication with all
    stakeholders on the details of the new reporting
  • Goal 10 Collaborate with the media outlets to
    educate the public on new process and its purpose.

Next Steps
  • Strategies that the school has already
    implemented with fidelity.
  • Strategies that have been considered in the past
    and currently are not being implemented.
  • Strategies that need to be researched as options.