Accountability Steering Committee looks to change accountability system in Kentucky's schools

07/25/2016 04:53 PM

FRANKFORT – How to implement the new federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a new Kentucky accountability system designed by commonwealth stakeholders was the focus of the second meeting of the Kentucky Department of Education Accountability Steering Committee held on Monday.

ESSA, which is to be implemented for the 2017/18 school year, replaces No Child Left Behind which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2002.

The committee, made up of teachers, principals, superintendents, education administrators, legislators ,and business leaders will, after a series of meetings, make recommendations to Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt.

Webster County Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough says the biggest issues with the current accountability system is that there’s so many pieces which have been layered in that sometimes gets in the way of successfully teaching all students.

“We are going to have to make some decisions to go deeper with fewer items versus this comprehensive layering of so many pieces that factor in to an accountability numeric score.”

Stephanie Winkler of the Kentucky Education Association says so many regulations leads to frustration on everybody’s part.

“When you try to deal with federal regulations, and state regulations, and things get tripped up, and things don’t always turn out the way that you intend them to be, and you learn from those things and that’s what i think we’re trying to do,” Winkler said. “We’re at a place now where we can try to get the assessments right.”

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