The Unbridled Learning accountability system for Kentucky’s public schools is on the way out. For the past year, education leaders have been crafting a new model to measure student proficiency.
Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the new system will go beyond test scores and will focus on the ‘whole’ child.
"Historically, we've been more focused on math and reading," Pruitt told WKU Public Radio. "We know that for a student to leave the school system and be a contributing member of society, it's way more than just math and reading."
Pruitt says access to fine arts, health and physical education, and civics are all necessary for students to receive a quality education. The new system also seeks to provide minority and low-income students greater access to advanced coursework, and career and technical experience for all students.
The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to approve the new model this spring and it will be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.
Ten regional town halls are being held in the meantime to explain the new system and gain feedback. Public meetings will take place next month in London, Elizabethtown, Glasgow, and Henderson.