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Community Based Accountability System

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The Kenton County School District is committed to the success of every one of our 14,000+ amazing students.  Decisions made in our school system are based on our district motto, “It’s About ALL Kids.” The operational decisions are guided by our district mission, beliefs, goals and our expectation that every child is transition ready and prepared for the 21st Century Economy.

Our district is very fortunate to have incredible support that we value and embrace the belief that our district is accountable to our community, ensuring we provide a world-class education.  It is with this important concept in mind, that we are implementing the Community Based Accountability Model to ensure that our community is educated on all aspects of our work and the goals, success, and areas of need that truly define our school system.  This model ensures that members of TEAM KENTON and our extended family participates in the development and analysis of the True Accountability Model. 

The CBAS model will not replace the state KSA model and the KCSD will continue to value those results for growth opportunities, however, we submit that no school system or school can be measured by an annual standardized assessment given to students during one time period.  Rather, true accountability is a systemic, holistic review of the work of the district that is grounded in forward facing progress versus annual summative reviews with regards to educating the whole child.

The KCSD CBAS model is adapted from the work of John Tanner (BravEd) and districts he is working with across the nation.  The KCSD is proud to lead this work in the Commonwealth with all stakeholders to ensure that Kenton County has world-class opportunities for our students. 

The components of our CBAS model are housed on our website for your information, review and feedback.  We trust you agree that we have an excellent school system and that we are on the right path with this model embracing all aspects of education and engaging TEAM KENTON in the work.  Should you have questions or want additional information, please contact our Central Office at 859-344-8888.

Accountability Engine

accountability engine

The accountability engine utilizes a process that identifies key areas for measurement/accountability to drive meaningful progress in the district and ensure that the district is where we want to be with respect to becoming world class for our students, staff and our community. The Pillar Action Teams made up of stakeholders will review evidence quarterly and make judgements “signaling” on the current success of key questions based on evidence.

The Components for True Accountability Include:

  • An Accountability Engine
  • Pillars and Key Questions
  • Signaling
  • An Annual Summary

The 7 Pillars of the Kenton County School District:

  1. Student Learning/Progress

    Ensure academic success for all students so that every student reaches their maximum learning potential.


  2.  Student Readiness

    Ensure all students are prepared with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be transition ready.


  3. Engaged, Well-Rounded Students

    Engage students in a way that contributes to their overall development and future well-being.


  4. Community Engagement/Partnerships

    Ensure all stakeholders in the community have the opportunity to meaningfully engage and support all schools in the KCSD.


  5. Professional Learning/Quality Staff

    Ensure that every student has quality teachers and adults that promote the learning and well-being of all students.


  6. Fiscal/Operations Systems

    Ensure the district is financially responsible/efficient and using its resources to further the district mission.


  7.  Safety/Well-Being

    Ensure students are educated in an optimal environment that is safe, secure, and conducive to learning. This includes both physical safety as well as the social emotional needs of each student.


Action Teams

Annual Review

First page of the PDF file: 2021-22annualreview