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2018 Elementary Results Raise Concerns

Compared to 2017, elementary school KPREP results released today showed declining levels of proficiency in math, social studies and writing and only small increases in reading proficiency. As shown in the table below, this pattern was visible for all students and also...

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Transition Readiness: The Kentucky Definition

Kentucky has identified eleven ways our high school students can show that they are ready for success in college or a career, with schools getting credit if students fulfill any one of the eleven options.
Those options are set up in the regulation creating our new accountability system, 703 KAR 5:270. Under that regulation, the Transition Readiness Indicator will reflect four kinds of data on high school graduates:

Students demonstrating academic readiness
Students demonstrating career readiness
English learners who meet criteria for English language proficiency
Students who participate in the alternative assessment program and meet academic or career readiness criteria on those assessments

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Exploring Charter School Basics

Hot of the presses, here’s the Prichard Committee’s new overview of Kentucky’s laws on charter schools.

In six pages, Kentucky Charter Schools: Some Frequently Asked Questions shares definitions, rules on charter school accountability and admissions, requirements for charter school applications and authorization, and other parts of the legal framework for charter schools in our Commonwealth.

Sources for learning more about Kentucky’s charter school statutes and regulations are also included, and we hope you find it helpful!

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New Accountability Identification Will Invite Citizen Engagement

By the end of September, the Kentucky Department of Education will identify:

About 50 schools for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) based on the performance of all students
Close to half of all schools for targeted support and improvement (TSI) based on how specific student groups are doing
This new approach will challenge schools to seek deeper and stronger ways to build excellence with equity, and it will create a new opening for community participation in developing schools where all students can flourish.

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Emphasizing Mastery in Trimble County

AUGUST 2018  \\\\\  TRIMBLE COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH MAKING SURE LEARNING STICKS In a social studies classroom, a group of teenagers gather for a rare experience in schools — going over material that has already been tested. Having earned scores or teacher referrals...

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A Fresh Look At SEEK Funding

Kentucky K-12 education runs on a little under $8 billion a year, and the SEEK formula, combining state and local dollars, handles nearly $5 million of that total. Here’s the Prichard Committee’s new flashcard-based approach to visualizing how that crucial formula works. It offers quick-moving access to the four major steps of how SEEK is designed to equalize funding to school districts and to key concerns about how the formula is working now.

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Relationships = Achievement in Henderson

JULY 2018  \\\\\  SOUTH HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY IN HENDERSON RELATIONSHIPS SPARK ACADEMICS Last summer, when Lydia Burnette of Henderson was thinking ahead to fifth grade at South Heights Elementary, she was called in for a special assignment: Casually loiter in the school...

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