New Achievement Gap Analysis Published
A Prichard Committee analysis of 2016 state school report card results shows that as a group, students with identified disabilities closed achievement gaps with other students in reading, math, college- or career-readiness and narrowed gaps on other indicators. The analysis is the first annual effort to raise awareness about achievement gap issues and facilitate state- and community-level conversations to address them.
The update, “2016 Statewide Results:An Excellence With Equity Report,” found mostly good results for students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Test data was mixed for African American students and students of two or more races, and moving in negative directions for Hispanic students and English-language learners.
The report includes charts that provide a snapshot of results from tests given to students in the spring of 2016 and reported this fall.
The report cautions that one year of test scores represents a limited picture of student learning, but the results may spark wider conversation.
“Where there is good news here, it is good news about making one worthwhile step in a long journey,” the report states. “We need sustained improvement at a robust pace, year after year, to equip all of Kentucky’s students for successful futures.”
“We are making headway, but not enough,” added Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee.