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PRESS RELEASE | Prichard Committee report shows KY schools moving closer to nation’s top 20, but still losing ground in some areas

December 8, 2016 Prichard Committee report shows KY schools moving closer to nation’s top 20, but still losing ground in some areas LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky has made important progress toward reaching the nation’s top tier of states on several indicators of education performance, but is flat or losing ground on others. The result: clear evidence […]

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2016 Statewide Results: An Excellence with Equity Report

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Press Release | 2016 Statewide Results: An Excellence with Equity Report

November 17, 2016 Latest state test scores show modest progress for some groups in narrowing achievement gaps, but far more challenges remain LEXINGTON, Ky. – The latest state test results reveal a mixture of good news and troubling challenges about Kentucky’s progress in narrowing achievement gaps among groups of students and delivering educational excellence with […]

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Achievement gaps undermine efforts to achieve educational excellence for all

Achievement gaps undermine efforts to achieve educational excellence for all LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky has made significant progress in education, but the state is not doing enough to close the academic achievement gaps that persist among different groups of students, according to a new report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Closing those gaps is […]

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New report looks at Kentucky education progress, challenges

June 9, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director 859-233-9849 859-322-8999 (cell) brigitte.blomramsey@prichardcommittee.org New report looks at Kentucky education progress, challenges FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence provides an overview of education developments that began with […]

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Title Page ECE Study Group Report 2015

Progress and Next Steps for Early Childhood in Kentucky: Birth through Third Grade A report of the Early Childhood Education Study Group The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence would like to thank the Early Childhood Education Study Group and additional individuals for their contribution to the development of this report and the recommendations it contains. […]

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KY EDGUIDES

These Kentucky EdGuides are a new Prichard Committee publication, designed to help students, parents, and other Kentuckians learn about our public school system and join us in advocating for excellence in education for every Kentucky child. Each EdGuide addresses a single major topic in two pages or less, sharing basics of Kentucky’s education law, information […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Prichard Report Highlights Charter School Fundamentals

Prichard Report Highlights Charter  School Fundamentals The Prichard Committee’s 2014 primer on charter school issues was summarized at a November special study session of the State Board of Education focused on learning more about charter schools. The meeting drew an overflow crowd after election victories gave Republicans a majority in the state legislature and made […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | A Gift Toward Kentucky’s Future

  A Gift Toward Kentucky’s Future THE ROLL CALL of early supporters of the Prichard Committee who have died since our battle for better education began in the early 1980s reminds us of how much they gave to improve our schools and the challenge we still face in the struggle for our children’s future. Three […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Early Learning Study Funded

Early Learning Study Funded A $50,000 grant from The Northern Kentucky Family of Funds of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will finance the Early Childhood Provider Cost of Quality study in Kentucky. The study, led by the Prichard Committee, will provide information to policymakers and legislators about targeted long-term investments and the importance of adequate fees […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | State Debuts New Ratings for Early-Years Programs

State Debuts New Ratings for Early-Years  Programs Kentucky  launched  a  new  five-star   tiered quality rating and improvement system in July for all early care and education programs that receive public funding. The new system, known as Kentucky All STARS, is designed to recognize public preschool, child care centers, and Head Start programs for continuous quality […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | RETROSPECTIVE: ‘Education is the Path to a Larger Life’

‘Education is the Path to a Larger Life’ The first report of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence was released in 1985, when Dot Ridings served as the committee’s chair. The Path to a Larger Life was published, according to then-executive director Robert Sexton, “so that the public can get in on the conversation about […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Brown Foundation Grant Boosts Early Ed., Postsecondary Efforts

Brown Foundation Grant Boosts Early Ed., Postsecondary Efforts The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence plans to expand key statewide education initiatives rang- ing from school readiness to postsecondary success, thanks in part to a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation. The Foundation’s $425,000, two-year award was made for the grant, “Kentucky Leads the Nation […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | More Attention Sought for Advanced Achievement

More Attention Sought for Advanced Achievement LEXINGTON — States and school districts need to move increasing numbers of students succeed in the most challenging classes and score well above the “proficient” level, according to Jonathan Plucker, a professor of talent development at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Speaking in October at the annual meeting of […]

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