ERIC Number: ED438290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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How We Achieve: Basic Facts about Kentucky's New Testing System... Education in Kentucky.
Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
In 1998, the Kentucky General Assembly called for a new testing system known as the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) to determine how much children are learning in school. This brochure tells the basics about Kentucky's system of public education. The "Core Content" document describes what students should know and be able to do in each grade. A major part of CATS is the set of Core Content Tests, given every year in every school to measure the academic progress of the students. These tests use multiple-choice, essay-like questions and writing samples to measure how well students know a subject and what they can do with what they know. Kentucky's public school system holds schools accountable for their students' continued progress. Under CATS, each school will have a customized growth chart to show the level of student achievement expected each year until 2014. Schools get rewarded for sufficient improvement, for passing certain milestones along the way, and for being "pace setters" in the top five percent of all schools. Schools that are not doing well enough will not be offered state assistance until they fall below a certain point on their own customized growth chart. Kentucky has a number of support programs for families, students, teachers, and schools to help students meet high standards. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Public Schools, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Items, Testing Programs
Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Public Information, 500 Mero Street, 19th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: 502-564-3421; Tel: 800-533-5372 (Toll-free in Kentucky). For full text: http://www.kde.state.ky.us/comm/commre/cats/how we achieve.a
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky