State Lawmakers Push for Changes to Kentucky’s School Rating System

State Lawmakers Push for Changes to Kentucky’s School Rating System

April 16, 2020

Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill last week that would change the state’s brand-new accountability rating system. “If signed by the governor, the measure would scrap the state’s 1-year-old 5-star rating system, and replace it with a color-coded speedometer.” A spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Education noted concerns about the state changing its rating system too frequently, saying it has “resulted in a lack of consistency over the last several years,” which can make it hard for parents to know how a school is performing. Other changes were included in the bill to help put the state back in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, including how it identifies schools that have significant achievement gaps.