Susan Perkins Weston – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Susan Perkins Weston

  • Opportunity Gains As Surprise Good News

    Since 2019, for Kentucky’s African American students, Hispanic or Latino students, and students of two or more races, our public schools have: Increased gifted and talented identifications Increased participation in Advanced Placement and dual credit courses Reduced both over- and under-representation problems in identification of students with disabilities Reduced disproportionate use of in-school removals and out-of-school suspensions
  • Puzzling on 2021 K-12 Assessment Participation

    “Participation on the state assessment was lower due to COVID-19 and in-person testing requirements. Comparisons with previous years are not appropriate because number of test takers, changes to the assessment, and modified instructional settings.” That’s what the 2021 Kentucky School Report Card website tells you first when you look for this year’s assessment results. The Department of Education clearly think that’s important, and after studying the data for a while, I agree.
  • Building Equity: A Call to Active Effort

    Equity is something we build. In our schools, equity means getting figuring out what will keep each learner moving forward in the learning and figuring out how to provide whatever that is. We’ve built some important capacity to meet some of those needs. For example: Lunches arrive if a K-12 student’s family would have a hard time paying for the food that allows them to concentrate on class
  • School Transportation Funding: A Kentucky Equity Problem

    Equity is about providing varied resources to respond to varied student needs, making sure all students have what they need to learn. Kentucky school transportation ought to be a great example. Instead, transportation is a major equity problem. Transportation can be fairly simple and inexpensive in compact independent districts many students live close to their schools and many can walk or take short rides. In contrast, rural students at the far ends of their counties need buses that travel much greater distances. Districts should have funding that varies in keeping with those differences.
  • The SEEK Formula is a Potent Equity Tool

    The SEEK school funding formula makes a powerful contribution to Kentucky public education. SEEK (short for Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) is the primary way Kentucky funds public schools and a key way we build education equity that gives all students what they need to learn. For a detailed demonstration of how the formula works, check out the 2021 edition of our four-page “SEEK Explainer.”
  • Ky. Postsecondary Moves Forward, Even in Pandemic

    The Council on Postsecondary Education’s 2021 Stronger By Degrees Progress Report http://cpe.ky.gov/data/reports/2021progressreport.pdf shows growth worth celebrating in overall educational attainment, KCTCS graduation rates, and STEM+H degrees, along with slower progress on bachelor graduation rates and a concerning decline in higher education enrollment. This year, that good news is especially impressive: results reported now include successes posted as a pandemic swept over the state, disrupting learning opportunities and demanding unprecedented teaching innovations.
  • An Accountability Decision Undervalues Impact on Underserved Student Groups

    Respectfully, I think the Kentucky Board of Education recently made a wrong decision, and I think they made it the wrong way. At the February 3 Board meeting, the Board approved an accountability change that will count results for student groups only when a school has data on 30 or more students in that group, rather than the current accountability rule using 10 or more students per grade.
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