Danny Adkins

Danny Adkins

Floyd County Schools Superintendent Danny Adkins will represent Eastern Kentucky on the standard setting panel for the state’s 5-star accountability system.

The Kentucky Department of Education and the Floyd County Schools District made the announcement last week. 

Adkins is one of 23 education stakeholders and policymakers who will meet on Aug. 23 in Frankfort to start a standard-setting process that will help determine Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system.

The panel will discuss performance level descriptions for each indicator and a school overall score that combines the indicators. These PLDs will describe information about the expectations for each star rating and each indicator in order to give more information, like the ones used for Novice, Apprentice, Proficient and Distinguished.

Adkins said in a press release, “The process sounds more complicated than it is. Indicators are like rooms in a house and PLDs are the descriptions that make a kitchen a kitchen and not another type of room, like having a stove, refrigerator and sink for example. All these indicators, or rooms, make up the 5-star rating, or the actual house.”

He explained the process, saying that the panel, “will be deciding the boundary between one level and the next, using data from schools.”

“Test data will make up proficiency and that is student performance on the reading and math tests,” he said. “Another indicator is ‘Separate Academic’ and this is how students perform on science, social studies and writing assessments. Elementary and middle schools are measured on how much students grew toward proficiency (growth). High schools will be accountable for graduation, the percentage of students who graduate within a specified period, and Transition Readiness, an indicator about whether students are ready for the next step.”

Using data from the 2018-2019 school year, Kentucky’s accountability system will provide an overall rating for each school, district and the state ranging from 1 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest) stars. The star rating, along with other important education data, will be available on the Kentucky School Report Card.

By the end of the process, the panel will recommend to Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis cut scores for an overall rating that combines all indicators in Kentucky’s accountability system. The panel also will recommend cut scores for each indicator to allow reporting of school performance ranging from very low to very high (i.e., very low, low, medium, high, very high) on each indicator.

In discussing the 5-star accountability system, Adkins said, “We can do what is best for students if we all just focus on these facts. We want our students to read well and do math with ease and we want them to know about science, socials studies and writing. We want them to grow in what they know every year, to be on track and graduate when they should and be ready for the next step in their lives whether it is college or career.”

He also said, “I’m honored to be chosen to serve on this panel and I plan to do what will help our students have opportunities and happy lives, because that’s what is most important.”

Adkins is the only panelist chosen from the Big Sandy region. 

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