The Prichard Committee and partner organizations have called for a delay of the Kentucky Board of Education’s vote on proposed minimum high school graduation requirements, requesting due diligence in the Board’s review of the proposal brought to them on Aug. 2, 2018. This is a critical issue given the changing nature of our economy and the fact that only 65 percent of Kentucky’s 2017 graduating seniors received a college or career ready diploma.
The basic frame of the proposal, which includes a core academic foundation and more personalized pathways for students, holds promise for ensuring a more meaningful high school diploma for Kentucky students. Creating more meaningful diplomas is a critical issue given the changing nature of our economy and the fact that only 65 percent of Kentucky’s 2017 graduating seniors received a college or career ready diploma.
However, two late additions to the proposal – exit exams in reading and mathematics and requiring a student to be transition ready to graduate – are vague in their details and have benefitted from little to no public discussion or input. If approved, the proposal would be a significant shift in Kentucky’s accountability model.
Kentucky vests significant responsibility in an appointed body of citizens to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and their hiring of a professional Commissioner to lead the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). The weight of this responsibility requires the KBE and the KDE to thoroughly research and analyze proposals for assurance that they will serve to move our state system of public education and Kentucky’s students forward.
With that in mind, the following is a review of the body of research on exit exams which we began to put together following the proposal to the KBE in August. While the details of the Department’s proposal have not been clearly spelled out and may not be identical to any one implementation model from other states, the findings of the research can and should be used to inform Kentucky’s approach to increasing student success.read more
Coalition Implores Kentucky Board of Education to Delay Approval of Proposed New High School Graduation Requirements to Provide More Time to Understand Possible Implications
A coalition of organizations representing business, education advocates, civil rights groups and community leaders commend the Kentucky Department of Education and the Board of Education for attention to a more meaningful high school diploma that helps move more...read more
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Press Release: Prichard Committee receives federal funding to establish Statewide Family Engagement Center in Kentucky
September 28, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director (office) 859-233-9849 (cell) 859-322-8999 firstname.lastname@example.org Prichard Committee receives federal funding to establish...read more
Compared to 2017, high results released today showed continuing improvement in graduation rates, but an alarming drop in high school juniors reaching the ACT benchmarks established by the Council for Postsecondary Education. As shown in the table below, graduation...read more
Compared to 2017, middle school KPREP results released today showed potentially important increases in reading and writing proficiency, but also showed proficiency declines in mathematics and social studies. As shown in the table below, this pattern was visible for...read more