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Achievement gap lingers in Kentucky schools


Three statewide groups say that a review of state test scores shows that achievement gaps continue to hinder Kentucky’s overall education progress.

The analysis released Tuesday shows that Kentucky schools are falling short particularly with minority students and students with disabilities and limited English proficiency. Low-income and Hispanic students also scored well below their peers, it found.

The analysis was developed by the Council for Better Education, the Kentucky Association of School Councils and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

“The gaps remain painful and too many of those gaps are growing wider, reminding us that we still have major work ahead to provide an equal quality of education for all Kentucky’s children,” said Fayette County schools Superintendent Tom Shelton, president of the Council for Better Education.

The analysis is designed to monitor school performance while Kentucky made a three-year shift from the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System to the Unbridled Learning system based on new state standards and assessments. This is the last year of that transition and the last year the three groups will issue the report.

It is based on a formula similar to the one used in past years by the Kentucky Department of Education to compare student results based on race, income and other factors.

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