How Fayette County Schools Did on the School Report Card

(LEX 18) — The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released its annual school report card for the 2021-2022 school year, and overall, Fayette County Public Schools scored higher than the state average.

This is the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the state has released accountability ratings for schools and districts in the Commonwealth. The data is based on student scores on standardized tests and other measures of student success. The accountability system also uses colors to indicate how schools are doing.

“While we all know that test scores provide an incomplete picture of all that our students have achieved, this data provides an opportunity to assess where we are following the challenges and disruptions that our students, staff, families, schools and community have faced in the past. two years,” Superintendent Demetrus Liggins said.

Liggins says the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted students and slowed academic progress, while also increasing social, emotional and mental health needs.

“I think we all realize that we’re in a much different place than we were three years ago,” Liggins said. “Knowing that the effects of the pandemic are evident in our nation, our Commonwealth and our community, it is no surprise to see the impact on our children, our employees and our schools.”

Based on statewide performance ratings, KDE has established five score ranges in its color-coded accountability system. They are:

  • Blue (very high)
  • green (tall)
  • yellow (medium)
  • orange (low)
  • Red (very low)

Fayette County Public Schools received yellow ratings at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the state’s new accountability system. Of the 55 schools eligible for points, the district had:

  • 7 schools in blue
  • 14 schools in green
  • 12 schools in yellow
  • 22 schools in orange
  • 2 schools in red

Kentucky schools are also rated against a federal classification that looks at schools as a whole and determines whether they meet the diverse needs of individual groups of students broken down by race, family income, English proficiency and special needs.

In Fayette County, 34 schools were identified for “Targeted Support and Intervention” (TSI) because scores for individual groups of students were below state requirements. Two other schools were identified for “Comprehensive Support and Intervention” (CSI) because their overall school performance was in the bottom 5% in the state. One school was designated “Additional Targeted Support and Intervention” (ATSI) because they had previously been designated as TSI and had not made sufficient progress.

Fayette County Public Schools Results:


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Fayette County Public Schools says it is working with teams at each of the CSI, TSI and ATSI schools to rewrite its Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and help support students who are not achieving proficiency. The district’s new strategic plan, based on input from more than 17,000 students, staff, families and community members, divides efforts into five priority areas:

  • Student Achievement
  • Diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging
  • A highly efficient, culturally responsible workforce
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Organizational health and well-being

“We own this data and accept responsibility for changing it,” Liggins said. “More of the same is not the answer. Changing these outcomes requires truly new approaches as we blaze a new trail for Fayette County Public Schools.”

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