KY Board of Education Approves
Ambitious Goals for Education

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) met on Wednesday, August 23, to vote on the present version of the state’s new accountability system to be submitted to US Department of Education in September. After thoughtful discussion, KBE voted unanimously in support of the framework.

The Committee was particularly impressed with the Board’s commitment to defining and setting ambitious goals for achievement and helping communities, schools and teachers determine how best to help all students learn. Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and the Kentucky Department of Education are to be commended for encouraging deep engagement of stakeholders across the state and for promoting a vision of greater opportunity and access to an enriching education as a means to increase student success and close achievement gaps.

Addressing the state’s persistent achievement gaps and ensuring a pathway to excellent education for all students, particularly those who are most vulnerable, led the Board’s discussion about the new accountability system and new charter school regulations, which will be voted on during the Board’s October meeting.

Since the beginning of KDE’s work on the accountability framework, the Committee has pushed hard with its coalition partners, KY Chamber of Commerce, the state NAACP, the Louisville Urban League and Teach for America – Appalachia for an understandable system with clear, ambitious goals for student achievement. Now that the model has been approved, everyone who cares about education excellence must come together to provide the support necessary for our schools to meet those ambitious and necessary goals.  Big shifts in teaching and learning at the local level and increased community commitment will be necessary to narrow gaps and provide opportunities for excellence for all learners.

With this ambitious accountability plan in place, the Committee looks forward to working with community and business leaders all across Kentucky, as well as policymakers, as we’ve done for 35 years, to garner the commitment and resources needed to take the next giant leap in education excellence – from the middle to the top tier of all states in this generation.

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