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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 KPREP 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.

 The Components for         True Accountability   Include:

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

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.

List of 7 pillars

KCSD Key Questions: Signaling

Key QuestionNovemberFebruary    May     

Pillar 1 - Student Learning & Progress

1.1To what degree do ALL KCSD learners demonstrate academic growth and achievement?                                                   
1.1aTo what degree are all students demonstrating instructional benchmarks on assessments for and of learning?                                                  
1.1bTo what degree are all schools demonstrating growth on instructional benchmarks on assessments for and of learning?                                                  
1.1cTo what degree are we closing achievement gaps for students with disabilities and English Learners?                                                 
1.2To what degree are KCSD students provided opportunities to participate in accelerated/advanced coursework?                                                 
1.3To what degree do all KCSD schools implement the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) with fidelity?                                                  

Pillar 2 - Student Readiness

2.1To what degree are students Transition Ready (college and/or career) exiting High School?                                                   
2.2To what degree are students Transition Ready exiting primary?                                                   ​​​​​​​

Pillar 3 - Engaged, Well-Rounded Students

3.1To what degree are KCSD students provided with opportunities and participating in clubs, extra, and/or co-curricular activities?                                                   ​​​​​​​
3.2To what degree are KCSD students provided with opportunities in related arts classes (including elective classes)?                                                   
3.3To what degree do students have positive school experiences?                                                  ​​​​​​​

Pillar 4 - Community Engagement and Partnerships

4.1To what degree does the district provide opportunities for families and the community to support student academic and SEL success?                                                  
4.2To what degree do our schools engage families and the community to support academic and SEL success?                                                 
4.3To what degree do our schools engage families of at risk students to support academic and SEL success?                                  ​​​​​​​                ​​​​​​​

Pillar 5 - Professional Learning and Quality Staff

5.1To what degree are we retaining high quality staff?                                  
5.2To what degree are we able to fill positions with high quality staff?                                  
5.3To what degree are staff completing annual professional learning plans?                                  
5.4To what degree are new staff provided necessary supports to grow and become high quality staff?                                  
5.5To what degree are struggling staff provided necessary supports to grow and become high quality staff?                                  ​​​​​​​

Pillar 6 - Fiscal and Operational Systems

6.1To what degree does KCSD financially support the action plan and remain fiscally solvent?                                                   
6.2To what degree does the district plan for and practice good stewardship of our current and future facilities and capital assets?                                                   
6.3To what degree is the district able to assess and solve/address needs in transportation regarding fleet size, condition, and associated repair costs?                                                   
6.4To what degree is the KCSD Food Service Department meeting student nutritional needs and preferences to create a healthy learning community?                                   ​​​​​​​                
6.5To what degree does KCSD design and maintain energy efficient buildings?

Pillar 7 - Safety and Well-Being

7.1To what degree do students  feel safe and secure in a positive school environment?                                                    
7.2To what degree do students perceive themselves in a positive mindset as it relates to their social, emotional, behavioral, and physical wellbeing?                                                    
7.3To what degree do we monitor and address the social, emotional, behavioral, and physical wellbeing of each student?                                                    
7.4To what degree are students provided with safe learning spaces/facilities?                                                    
7.5To what degree are we prepared to both mitigate and effectively respond to crisis situations?                                                    ​​​​​​​

 Relationship to Key Question (Annual Review Each June)

                                     Maintain - Satisfied with current progress

                                     Maintain - consider a change

                                     Minor change needed - 12 to 18 months, no $$

                                     Major change - 18+ months and/or $$$