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Tentative schedule set for release of 2014 test scores, school report cards; KDE, district officials to begin “data clean-up” this week

Tentative schedule set for release of 2014 test scores, school report cards; KDE, district officials to begin “data clean-up” this week

KSBA eNews Service, Sept. 15, 2014

District, state officials in last phase of preparations for release of 2013-14 test, school progress results
Staff report

The Kentucky Department of Education has announced Oct. 3 as the possible public release date for this year’s district and school progress reports under the state’s Unbridled Learning assessment and accountability system.

In his Fast Five on Friday email to district leaders, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said his agency’s Office of Assessment and Accountability has proposed as “tentative schedule” for releasing the 2013-14 scores and report cards.

“Next Wednesday, Sept. 17, a webcast will be held for District Assessment Coordinators to provide the first comprehensive look at district data. We will then enter a time of data clean-up to correct any apparent errors prior to systematic issues,” Holliday said.

If no major problems are detected, superintendents would get final data for the online school report cards on the morning of Oct. 1, with access to reporters coming that afternoon. In both cases, KDE’s release of the school and district data will be under an embargo for two days. That means that district officials may brief media representatives on the data, but that no stories may be printed, broadcast or posted online, nor may district officials publicly discuss the results until 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

“Again, these dates are for planning purposes only and are subject to change based on any inconsistencies found in the data through the quality review process,” Holliday said.

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