March 7, 2017
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Updated Statement on SB1 – An Act Related to Education
Omnibus Education Bill Clears House Education Committee,
Headed for Full House Approval
Good for Standards, Careers and Closing Achievement Gaps
State Still Needs an Ambitious Goal to Encourage Achievement
LEXINGTON, KY – The Kentucky House of Representatives Education Committee today passed SB1, the Senate’s omnibus education legislation, on to the full House for approval without changes.
Hallmarks of the bill since the beginning of its drafting include: aligned tests that truly assess what students need to know and be able to do to be ready for postsecondary life and work, and recognition that relevant and rigorous career and technical education are critical components of our education delivery system, remain central to the bill’s intent.
Also, formalizing a standards review process for all subjects has remained intact. This approach will help ensure Kentucky’s standards for student learning remain rigorous, modern and aligned to college and career readiness. The staggered approach to reviewing the standards will allow important time for teachers to receive the necessary professional development to implement the standards in the classroom with the highest fidelity – resulting in stronger student outcomes.
“We are pleased that the House Education Committee expressed support for SB1’s overall focus on student achievement and closing achievement gaps,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Prichard Committee Executive Director.
“The Committee still believes that SB1 would be strengthened by the addition of an explicitly stated ambitious goal, expressed by the General Assembly to guide the Commonwealth in moving from the middle of education rankings nationally to the top tier of all states in this generation.”
Bold goals coupled with adequate resources and accountability are key to Kentucky’s continued improvement in education. The state’s accountability system should be a major driver of education excellence for all students no matter their background or the barriers they face to success.
The Prichard Committee is thankful for the legislature’s leadership on issues that have profound impacts on Kentucky students and their futures. The state is fortunate to have three decades of continual improvement in education, pushed by citizen engagement and legislative leadership.
Kentucky’s rise out of the bottom of the national rankings is a testament to the belief by educators, citizens, business leaders and policymakers that students can achieve at the highest levels. In that light, the Committee will continue to inform and engage citizens and policymakers on critical issues that impact Kentucky’s progress to the top tier of all states in educational excellence.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group. Comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky, the Committee has worked to improve education for Kentuckians of all ages since 1983.