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The House Education Committee today passed a revised version (called a committee substitute) of House Bill 272. The legislation, sponsored by Representative James Tipton, reflects a meaningful first step to address Kentucky’s need to increase student achievement in...read more
The Kentucky Department of Education has invited public comment on proposed revisions to the state’s plan for compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, widely known as ESSA. The deadline for those comments is the close of business on February 27, so...read more
Kentucky must develop a stronger high school experience that better prepares all students with the knowledge and skills they need for postsecondary success and employment. The state’s high school graduation requirements are an important foundation of expectation for...read more
At a rally in Frankfort last week for what was termed “National School Choice Week,” school choice advocates and policymakers called – once again - for Kentucky to adopt scholarship tax credits Past legislative sessions have seen proposals that would establish tax...read more
Kentucky's new School Report Cards are here! The new format for annual data on our schools has a friendlier layout and some important innovations, so I’m going to share what I saw in my first tour of the site. When you arrive at the main landing page, you can choose...read more
TNTP’s powerful Opportunity Myth report has illuminated how far we have to go as a nation to ensure all students benefit from four critical factors: grade-level assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement, and high expectations. I encourage readers to review the...read more
THE IMPORTANCE OF 3RD GRADE PROFICIENCY FOR STUDENT SUCCESS Research demonstrates how foundational 3rd grade reading and math proficiency is to students’ future success, including completing high school on time. Particularly with reading, after 3rd grade, students...read more
As we head into the long weekend commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I reflect on that iconic picture of Dr. King at the Lincoln Memorial looking out toward the Washington Monument, over masses of people gathered to hear his address. From...read more
In elementary school, something seems to work very differently for African American students than for other student groups. That's the pattern that emerges from comparing KPREP proficiency rates for the last two classes of third graders to the kindergarten readiness...read more
JANUARY 2019 \\\\\ MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL SUPPORTS BOOST SUCCESS Keagin Brooks’ second math class of the day is turning around years of frustration about the subject — not quite understanding algebra basics and growing accustomed to test results that lag behind other...read more
The Kentucky General Assembly struck the gavel on Tuesday of this week, officially convening the 2019 Regular Session. While this is Kentucky’s odd-year, short 30-day session, activity, and interest will be substantial with over 30 new members taking their seats and...read more
Dana Smiley, a member of Oregon Student Voice, recently wrote an article entitled “The general election was a national shouting match. So why were our classrooms so quiet?” Her pressing query prompted us to think not just of political discourse in schools but more...read more
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