Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education say they’re taking extra precautions before releasing data from the new accountability system and the public may have to wait until November to see results.
“We want to make sure that data’s clean. It’s a like a row of dominos. If one doesn’t fall the correct way then all the other ones are affected,” said KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross.
Kentucky implemented its new accountability system last year. In includes new college-and-career ready standards and common core standards that unify what students are expected to learn.
But the new system will also set the bar higher, which officials have warned will show fewer students are proficient.
Gross said the education department is waiting on multiple testing companies to finish their work, and for Kentucky school districts to confirm their data.
“We really want to give schools districts plenty of time to review their data because there’s nothing worse than releasing data and then having to come back and say, oh we need to fix this,” said Gross.
Before implementing its new standards last year, the state would traditionally release performance results no later than September.
The results could still come later this month, but the department will not rush delivery, said Gross.
The Kentucky Board of Education will hear estimates Monday on what preliminary state-wide data is available.