The Prichard Committee is publishing new Community Profiles to put local data on educational progress in the hands of Kentucky citizens. Profiles are tailored by school district and available upon request from the Prichard Committee to help parents, school leaders and others initiate community conversations about areas that need increased focus.

The four-page profiles show how a local school district compares to state averages on a number of education measures, starting with kindergarten readiness and continuing through college- and/or career-readiness and postsecondary attainment. In addition, charts show the same data broken down by different student groups, helping to illustrate achievement gaps and trends over time. Finally, the profiles also highlight economic and health outcomes that are closely connected to education outcomes, as well as school expenditures and demographics.

Taken together, the profiles provide a picture of educational performance at the local level and are designed to help local communities identify and discuss education progress and priorities.

First tested at the Prichard Committee annual meeting in November, the profiles are now updated to include 2018 academic data recently released through a dashboard by the state education department. The updated versions will be available on the Prichard Committee website.

“The shift from good to great will require deep and sustained local engagement,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, the Prichard Committee executive director. “Citizens must be aware of student outcomes in their schools and begin courageous conversations about how to serve all students well — in and outside of the school building, the school day and the school year.” She said the Community Profiles can be a powerful tool to spur conversation and frame local action.

The profiles include quick suggestions on how to start a conversation about education results and the future of local communities. “Many things contribute to the success of a community, but research shows that the key is a high-quality education system,” the materials note.

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