October 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director
(office) 859-233-9849
(cell) 859-322-8999
brigitte.blomramsey@prichardcommittee.org

Kentucky Board of Education Moves Forward with Proposed New Minimum High School Graduation Requirements

Citizens Urged to Participate in Public Comment Process

Today’s approval of the proposed new minimum high school graduation requirements by the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) includes the framework developed with business leader and educator engagement as well as the inclusion of high stakes requirements for students first introduced during the first reading of the KBE on Aug. 2.

The board chose not to delay action as requested by community and civil rights organizations, as well as educator groups, which would have provided more time to allow research and evidence to inform the proposal.

While this is disappointing, we encourage citizens and stakeholders to use the public comment period to pose their questions and make their concerns known. We’ve provided a timeline for the process below and will continue to provide research and analysis on the proposal to help ensure Kentucky employs the very best strategies to increase student success.

“The basic framework of Kentucky’s proposal, developed over the last eight months, has the potential to be transformational for Kentucky’s students if we provide the time, resources, and guidance our educators need to deeply develop rich, rigorous, and relevant personalized pathways for our students,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey. “As the process moves forward, the KBE and stakeholders should consider the perceived value-add of high stakes exit exams and if the tradeoffs in opportunity cost and systemic supports are where we want to place the state’s capacity”

We are grateful to our partners who are also committed to the rigorous review of the research and more intentional public engagement on behalf of our students, including: the Louisville Urban League, Kentucky State Conference of NAACP Branches, the Urban League of Lexington – Fayette County, Teach for America -Appalachia and Partners for Education at Berea College.

Following today’s vote, the revisions to the regulation regarding minimum high school graduation will be filed with the Legislative Research Commission, followed by a 30-day public comment period which will include a public hearing. Here’s how we expect the next steps to play out:

Start Date End Date Process Step
10/15/2018 10/15/2018 Regulation Filed with LRC
11/1/2018 11/30/2018 Public Comment Period
11/21/2018 11/30/2018 KBE Public Hearing Held
12/4/2018 12/14/2018 Notice to Compiler and/or Statement of Consideration Due
12/5/2018 KBE Board Meeting Review of Public Comments and Statement of Consideration
12/11/2018 12/11/2018 Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee Committee Hearing
1/2/2019 1/2/2019 Referral to Education Committee(s)
1/2/2019 2/1/2019 Education Committee(s) Hearing
2/1/2019 2/1/2019 Regulation becomes Effective on or Before

We will continue to engage citizens online through Twitter with the #KYDiploma and on our Prichard Committee Facebook page. For more information, please refer to our Ensure a Meaningful High School Diploma page at http://prichardcommittee.org/meaningful-high-school-diploma.

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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement of education for all Kentuckians.

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