Thursday, September 21, 2017

Public comment sought on Every Student Succeeds Act plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky.
Jason Smith, the cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliott County), recently was named as winner of season 13 of the Food Network Star competition. Provided by Food Network

Elliott County cafeteria manager named new Food Network Star

Jason Smith, the cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliott County), was named the winner of season 13 of the Food Network Star competition.
Commissioner Stephen Pruitt drives "Buster the Bus" down through a row of booths at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair. Buster will be back by popular demand this year to teach children about school bus safety. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016

KDE participating in Kentucky State Fair

Kentuckians attending the 2017 Kentucky State Fair in Louisville Aug. 17-27 are invited to visit the Kentucky Department of Education booth in the Main Street Kentucky section of the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Amanda Ellis, left, and Anthony Mires update the Kentucky Board of Education about AdvanceKentucky, an initiative to increase access to and success in Advanced Placement courses, especially for low income and minority students. The group's newest cohort of schools enroll 5,900 students – 70 percent of whom are low income and 20 percent of whom are a minority. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 3, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education discusses 2018-20 biennial budget

According to Kentucky Department of Education staff, additional money will be needed to implement Senate Bill 1 (2017).
David Couch

KDE’s Associate Commissioner Couch receives KASA award

David Couch, the Kentucky Department of Education's associate commissioner for the Office of Education Technology, has received the 2017 William T. Nallia Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Associate Commissioner Rhonda Sims presents the proposed changes to the Kentucky Accountability System to the Kentucky Board of Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 2, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education reviews accountability regulation

The Kentucky Board of Education agreed to return to Frankfort later this month to vote on the regulation that will govern Kentucky’s new accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Kentucky Department of Education names charter director

The Kentucky Department of Education has named Earl Simms as the director of its newly created Division of Charter Schools in the Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services.

Billboards remind drivers to stop for school buses

As a new school year approaches, Kentucky drivers will soon see reminders to watch out for stopped school buses.

Board of Education approves Teacher Leader Standards regulation

At a special meeting July 25, the Kentucky Board of Education approved Education Professional Standards Board Administrative Regulation 16 KAR 1:105, Teacher Leader Standards.

Input sought on proposed waiver to law that limits alternate assessments

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver on the number of students who can be tested using an alternate assessment on annual statewide Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress tests.