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Transition Readiness: The Kentucky Definition

Kentucky has identified eleven ways our high school students can show that they are ready for success in college or a career, with schools getting credit if students fulfill any one of the eleven options.
Those options are set up in the regulation creating our new accountability system, 703 KAR 5:270. Under that regulation, the Transition Readiness Indicator will reflect four kinds of data on high school graduates:

Students demonstrating academic readiness
Students demonstrating career readiness
English learners who meet criteria for English language proficiency
Students who participate in the alternative assessment program and meet academic or career readiness criteria on those assessments

Exploring Charter School Basics

Hot of the presses, here’s the Prichard Committee’s new overview of Kentucky’s laws on charter schools.

In six pages, Kentucky Charter Schools: Some Frequently Asked Questions shares definitions, rules on charter school accountability and admissions, requirements for charter school applications and authorization, and other parts of the legal framework for charter schools in our Commonwealth.

Sources for learning more about Kentucky’s charter school statutes and regulations are also included, and we hope you find it helpful!

New Accountability Identification Will Invite Citizen Engagement

By the end of September, the Kentucky Department of Education will identify:

About 50 schools for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) based on the performance of all students
Close to half of all schools for targeted support and improvement (TSI) based on how specific student groups are doing
This new approach will challenge schools to seek deeper and stronger ways to build excellence with equity, and it will create a new opening for community participation in developing schools where all students can flourish.

A Fresh Look At SEEK Funding

Kentucky K-12 education runs on a little under $8 billion a year, and the SEEK formula, combining state and local dollars, handles nearly $5 million of that total. Here’s the Prichard Committee’s new flashcard-based approach to visualizing how that crucial formula works. It offers quick-moving access to the four major steps of how SEEK is designed to equalize funding to school districts and to key concerns about how the formula is working now.

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Susan Perkins Weston analyzes Kentucky data and policy, and she’s always on the lookout for ways to enrich the instructional core where students and teachers work together on learning content. Susan is an independent consultant who has been taking on Prichard Committee assignments since 1991.

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