Take a look at this from the Courier-Journal:
This year, 23 percent of a school’s overall accountability score was constituted by a legislature-mandated “program review” where, instead of using test results, school committees, including teachers, score themselves on the quality of their instructional program in writing, arts, humanities and practical living. Those existed before, but are now a part of a school’s overall score.
Statewide at elementary, middle and high school levels, many schools gave themselves high marks on the reviews, state data showed. In Jefferson County, the majority of schools rated themselves as proficient or better.
Although some worried that might inflate scores, Holliday and JCPS officials downplayed their impact on rankings. They said the reviews were meant to ensure that good instructional elements were in place for non-tested areas and provided at least some accountability.
“In January, we’ll do a lot of audits,” Holliday said. “If we find maybe schools overrated themselves, we’ll go back and change the rating.”
THAT is why we’re concerned.
While Terry Holliday’s office is quick to spin, as they have been in the comments section here, there isn’t much accountability on the 23% front until January. And then there’s no guarantee that districts like Montgomery County will be entirely reviewed or properly audited.
If past behavior is any indicator, there will be no accountability for inflated scores in Mt. Sterling.