The Kentucky School Report Cards were released for the 2019-20 school year for all 172 school districts today.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its affects in the spring, some information currently is missing

The Kentucky Department of Education applied for and received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for assessment, accountability and school identification, and reporting requirements under the Ever Student Succeeds Act, according to a document released by KDE.

This waiver suspended the majority of state testing and accountability calculations for the 2019-20 school year. Star ratings, federal classification and significant achievement gaps will not be calculated.

Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown In­de­pen­dent Schools said both of their information to evaluate will be limited because of the missing assessment data.

John Wright, HCS spokesman, said in a message the district will not be sending out a news release regarding the school report card explaining its data and rankings. Because state accountability tests were not requited to the state, there is not much to report, he said.

Shellee-Ayn Godfrey, district assessment coordinator and professional development facilitator at EIS, said in an email the district is using the data available to them to move forward and “support continuous improvement during this challenging and unique time in education.”

With financial transparency, it states, “The impact to 2019-20 reporting is not yet known. Financial data is reported once audited financials are available in the spring following initial School Report Card release. The 2018-19 reporting was completed May 2020.”

Reporting for economically disadvantaged students was included, however, the impact of COVID-19 may be more reflected in counts when comparing to earlier or future years.

For HCS, the percentage of those economically disadvantaged has fallen from 59.7 percent to 58.1 percent. Students in this category are based upon being program or income eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

The amount of students economically disadvantaged within EIS also decreased, but by 0.4 percent to 47.3 percent.

Additional and detailed information pertaining to districts and individual schools for the 2019-20 year can be found at tinyurl.com/y2gwkp54.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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