Allen County Schools define assessment and accountability a bit differently than most districts. We believe our students are much more than a single test score. In addition to the state's mandatory assessment each spring, we also formatively assess students on mastery of Kentucky Academic Standards to help teachers make instructional decisions that will positively impact student outcomes.
We also believe that every student that enters our doors in Allen County Schools brings unique gifts and talents that can't be assessed on a paper-pencil exam. During the 2021 - 2022 school year, the district adopted the Profile of a Patriot. This document clearly defines the competencies that we desire for every student graduating from Allen County-Scottsville High School to possess. Intentionally working to develop these competencies begins in the primary program. The district is currently working to develop a performance-based assessment model to assess these competencies. Through this process, we will become more clear on the performance outcomes as it relates to specific grade spans.
Allen County is one of seven Kentucky school districts participating in Cohort 1 of the Kentucky Department of Education's Local Laboratories of Learning (L3), where we are piloting new assessment, accountability and learning approaches. We are working with a local, inclusive coalition to guide the work of assessment and accountability in Allen County Schools. We meet often with other districts and partners from around the state to share our experiences and help to bring about large-scale change for our entire state. If you are interested in reading more about the L3 work or the future of assessment and accountability in Kentucky, please read the state's United We Learn webpage.