Assessment

Paducah Public Schools Updates for March 16 - April 17 Closing
March 30
 Paducah Public Schools to Continue Non-Traditional Instruction and Tornado Takeout Through Spring Break, April 6-10
 
March 26
Students who have paper packets of assignments will turn in their completed assignments and pick up a new packet Friday, March 27. See the news summary below for bus schedules and specific instructions. 
 
March 20
In keeping with Governor Beshear’s recommendation that all Kentucky Schools stop in-person instruction, Paducah Public Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days will be extended through Friday, April 17, 2020. This closure is a proactive approach to limit exposure to COVID-19 within our community.
 
Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
March 23 – March 27 NTI Days
March 30 – April 3 NTI Days
April 6 - April 10  NTI Days
April 13 – April 17 NTI Days

As a school district, we are prepared to provide continuity of services for both learning and nutrition. Teachers will be providing instructional services using Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). Our food service staff will continue preparing meals for delivery according to the schedule that is already in place.

Please see the district web site at www.paducah.kyschools.us  for the latest announcements regarding this developing situation.
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March 18
If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page. 
 
March 17
Paper packets will be delivered to students Wednesday, March 18 at the building where they attend schools. Online students will not receive paper packets. For a complete list of instructions and bus stops, see the link in the news summary below. 
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March 14, 2020
Paducah Public Schools will offer takeout meal delivery beginning Monday, March 16.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice – buses will be at all stops from 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

All sites will serve breakfast and lunch. See the news summary below for a link to a list of Tornado Takeout stops.
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March 13, 2020
Information over the coming days/weeks will be sent to you via email and text message to the contact information in Infinite Campus, so having correct email and phone numbers for you is crucial.

If you are not receiving either text messages or e-mails from Paducah Public Schools, please access your Infinite Campus Parent Portal as soon as possible and update your contact information.  Click here to connect to the Campus Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, send an e-mail requesting your login information to: [email protected]

If you do not have email, please call 270-444-5600. 
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Assessment

Assessment

The Department of Assessment is responsible for the use of testing systems to measure academic and non-academic achievement. Testing in Paducah includes annual state required testing for accountability and district wide testing for the purpose of measuring continuous progress.

In Kentucky, all public schools participate in the new accountability model: Unbridled Learning – College/Career Readiness for All. In this model, students take the Kentucky Performance for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessments. The K-PREP includes testing in all subject areas at least once at each level of school - elementary, middle and high school. The new assessment for grades 3-8 is a blended model built with norm-referenced and criterion-referenced test items which consists of multiple-choice, extended-response, and short answer items in reading, on-demand writing, math, science, social studies. At the high school, students will take ACT’s QualityCore® End of Course assessments in English 10, algebra II, biology, and United States history along with on-demand writing assessments their sophomore and junior years.


Students in secondary grades take other norm-referenced tests as required as part of K-PREP. Those tests include the EXPLORE at grade 8, PLAN at grade 10 and the ACT at grade 11. EXPLORE and PLAN are administered in September 17-28, 2012 and the ACT is administered March 5 with a make-up day on March 19, 2013.

Arts, practical living and writing portfolio assessments are no longer part of the student assessment. Those areas will be assessed through program reviews which go into effect starting in the Fall of 2012. Students with severe cognitive learning disabilities take the Alternate K-PREP Tests instead of the KCCT. Those tests are part of the schools' accountability, too. In 2012 and beyond, the K-PREP tests will be administered in a five day consecutive window the last fourteen days of the school year.

In addition, Limited English Students, those students whose primary language is not English, take the W-APT as a language placement test when they first arrive in Kentucky schools. Annually, then, the ACCESS test is administered as an achievement test each year they are in the LEP program. Schools and districts are accountable for their progress as well. The ACCESS test is administered to individual students from January 1 through February 8, 2013.

NON-ACADEMIC MEASURES
In addition to academic progress, schools are rated on their non-academic data. That includes attendance, retention, drop out and graduation rates.

CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT
Finally, to assist teachers in meeting accountability requirements, the district hosts a continuous assessment, Star Reading and Star Math assessments, two or three times a year for grades K-11. Star is a software based assessment that gives immediate feedback to staff about student, school and district progress. Students are tested in reading and math in grades K-11. This continuous assessment helps teachers know which students need assistance throughout the school year as they prepare for the accountability tests.

Students taking Advanced Placement classes at the high school level are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement tests.

More detailed information is available on the Kentucky Department of Education website; click on the Unbridled Learning logo on the left side.

Contacts:

Will Black, Assistant Superintendent Phone: 444-5600

E-mail: [email protected]

PADUCAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
800 Caldwell St. Paducah, KY 42003 | Phone: (270) 444-5600 | Fax: (270) 444-5607
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