Kentucky School Report Card impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Kentucky School Report Card impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – An annual report rating school districts was impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kentucky School Report Card for the 2019-2020 year does not include star ratings, federal classification, or significant achievement gaps because of Kentucky’s COVID-19 Assessment Waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education that suspended the majority of state testing and accountability calculations.

Areas involving students, including enrollment, attendance, and student groups may have also been impacted by COVID-19.

Dropout retention rates, information concerning faculty, staff, and community, access to technology, and civil rights data was not impacted by the pandemic.

To view the Kentucky School Report Card, click here.

As of Monday, JCPS students have participated in non-traditional instruction, during the 2020 fall semester. Some parents told WAVE 3 News there’s still a learning curve to online classes.

“We’ve managed to keep a pretty tight ship around,” Gretchen Bell said. “But I have a lot of resources I’m fully exploiting. I would be totally in favor of them calling this a gap year and them being like, ‘OK, we’re going to try this again.’”

Some experts have called the 2020-2021 academic school year a gap year because of the adjustment to home-based education. JCPS is using a star-rating system to track students' work. However, Bell said she’s unsure of her sons' progress.

“I just don’t feel like we have good indicators right now because we’re not in class and it’s so hard for kids to focus, especially when they have working parents that aren’t supervising every single little thing.”

Although the state’s report card does not include the star-rating system, there are other indicators of improvement. For example, Transition into Adult Life shows students' work after high school. This past year, half of Kentucky students went off to college.

Graduation rates increased across the state. JCPS had a four-to-five-year graduation rate of about 84 percent this past year.

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