Kentucky is currently transitioning away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model (state testing system) to a new model because of the new requirements set forth in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (2017). Therefore, schools and districts will not receive overall scores or labels; rather, results will be reported on the individual components of the 2016-17 assessment system. Until the new accountability system takes effect, the situation is changing—simply put, schools across Kentucky are in a two-year transition period from the old to the new system. The new accountability system is slated to take effect at the start of 2018-19 school year.
Based on the results from the 2016-17 assessment, Cumberland County Schools are still making academic gains and progress. Specifically, Cumberland County Elementary saw increases in achievement levels in the areas of reading, math, writing, and language mechanics. CCES also closed the achievement gap and increased academic growth in both reading and math. Likewise, Cumberland County Middle School saw increased achievement levels in social studies and language mechanics with achievement in reading and math holding steady from last year’s results. CCMS also closed the achievement gap in the area of social studies. Additionally, Cumberland County High School increased achievement in reading, and substantially increased its graduation rate as well. The area of college and career readiness for CCHS remained stable from last year. CCHS was also recognized as one of only six Gold-status high schools across the state for its top achievement in career readiness.
“Although we have no overall summative score or label, I am proud of the continued academic progress we are making in Cumberland County as evidenced by our assessment results from 2017,” Superintendent Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff stated. “We hold ourselves to the highest of expectations because we strive to provide the best education possible for all students, and these results continue to prove we are doing just that,” Dr. Biggerstaff continued. “We collectively believe all kids can achieve at high levels, and as we transition to a new system, we will continue to focus on increasing academic achievement and closing the achievement gap. We will never lose sight of focusing on continual improvement because our children deserve nothing less.”
Because of the accountability model transition period and no overall ratings or labels, Cumberland County Schools will not be allowed to hold its annual academic celebration parade as had been done for the past two years.