PADUCAH – The Kentucky Department of Education has released its data from the annual report card Wednesday.
It looks very different from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data focuses on the 2020-2021 school year, but does not include indicators or school accountability scores.
If you search school district report cards, you will find a lot of information that says “Data not available.”
If you look under Academic Performance, you will find a message that reads: “State assessment attendance was lower due to COVID-19 requirements and in-person testing. Comparisons with previous years are not appropriate as the number of tests performed, changes in assessment and teaching parameters changed.
KDE provided performance level percentages, which show how much the pandemic has impacted on a child’s learning.
These are the performance level percentages for students not proficient in reading in the state of Kentucky.
Primary school students were around 60%, just over 55% were middle school students, and 62% were high school students.
Paducah Public Schools’ deputy superintendent Will Black said virtual learning and other elements related to the pandemic have played a role.
“Despite our best efforts to virtually connect with them and provide them with instructions virtually, we just haven’t been able to provide the same instructions or have the same impact that we normally have when we learn in person.” , Black said.
Different tests, different data
We reached out to schools in Crittenden County to find out how their students are doing in 2020-2021, compared to previous years.
In an email, Deputy Superintendent Tonya Driver said: “It is not accurate to compare the test results of 2019 and 2021. One of the reasons is the pandemic, and another reason is that it is not. was not the same test. “
“Last spring’s test was abbreviated, and while we can get individual scores from these, they really aren’t comparable. In regular test years, for example, the reading test has three parts, and in 2021 there was only one, “said the driver.
Driver said he saw an increase in proficiency / distinguished categories at the elementary level in math in general, and in grades four and five in reading.
Their “novice” was also drastically reduced in math and writing at the elementary level. Writing scores increased for their middle and high school grades, but other areas declined.
Affected student populations
Black said that while they saw major learning gaps among students of color, students who received a free and reduced lunch, and virtual learners last year, children from all walks of life have been affected. .
He said they are actively working to ensure that students, especially those affected, are not left behind.
“We used federal, state, and even local funds to increase the number of academic interventions we could provide,” Black said. “We are extending the school day for children who need it. We have, we have continued to buy technology, educational technology to help children accelerate their own learning.”
Since KDE received a federal liability waiver, they have been able to avoid including school liability and ratings in this recent data.
If you would like to see how Kentucky students have done in other subjects besides the reading tour KDE website Where publication of recent data.