Historic divides of poverty, race and learning differences continue to hold back many students. We believe ALL students should have equitable opportunities to learn and succeed in school and in life.


We demand excellence through meaningful standards and robust accountability about school quality and student progress from early childhood through postsecondary education.


We study, inform and engage citizens to achieve the ambitious goal of moving Kentucky to the nation’s top tier in student achievement in this generation.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit citizen’s advocacy group. The Committee continuously studies priority issues, informs the public and policymakers and engages citizens, business leaders, families, students, and others in a shared mission to move Kentucky to the top tier of all states for education excellence and equity for all children.

The Committee focuses on the direct impact of these endeavors on education quality and student success.

  • Student Voice
  • Parent Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Early Childhood
  • Excellent Teaching
  • School Climate & Culture
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Postsecondary Education


Welcome to Ed.

For thirty-five years, the Prichard Committee has been talking about education. From books to reports, town halls and study groups, we’ve used many forums for these important discussions. Today, we launch a new one. Welcome to Ed. - a blog about excellence with equity...

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"Is this the way to transform struggling rural schools?" Former Sec. of USDOE, Richard Riley, writes about the transformative power of project-based learning. #EdSouth #ExcellenceWithEquity @RuralTrust @nrea1 @Rural_Schools https://t.co/9n8mxou4vl

'Born Learning' trail aims to help with kindergarten readiness https://t.co/BHkYJ89Zc3 via @bgdailynews

Confused about what the latest federal budget includes for educational equity? Sign-Up for #TheEquityLine & get our analysis sent right to your inbox https://t.co/VIn2FXzS9J

On this #NationalScavengerHuntDay, use @EdDataCampaign's state report card scavenger hunt tool to explore whether your state provides information to answer key questions about school performance. https://t.co/u6QX3froen

Congratulations @DrSPruitt! Good news for #edsouth as #ColumbiaGroup partners seek to "accelerate the pace" of education progress: https://t.co/AhtIPExMVN. We and our southern state partners look forward to working with you. https://t.co/E6Og2NRL9I

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