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Kentucky Schools, Districts Anticipate New Accountability Measures

The Kentucky Department of Education will release the long-anticipated results Friday of its new accountability system, which is the commonwealth's largest educational reforms in the last two decades.The Unbridled Learning model was created from Senate Bill 1 in 2009 and was implemented last school year. It includes a college and career model that has been touted on a national level, and Kentucky was the first state to adopt the common core standards, which unifies what students are expected to learn on an international level. Forty-six states have since signed on to the common core measures. Kentucky officials have said the state is ahead of the curve with these reforms, but educators expect that the new tougher standards will lead to a significant drop in the number of students proficient in math and reading. In Jefferson County Public Schools, less than two thirds of students are proficient in math and reading. Officials have warned that number could drop to one-third. When the results are released, schools will be assigned a score based on the new metrics and schools and districts will be ranked. WFPL will cover the results Friday. To see more information on the new system and what parents should know, click here.