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Number of students taking AP tests up and scores are higher

More Kentucky students are taking the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) tests and scoring higher according to data released from the College Board.

In the past five years, the number of Kentucky public high school students taking AP examinations is up 35 percent and the number of tests with a qualifying score of 3, 4 or 5 has increased by 40 percent. In 2011, about 23,500 students took an AP test, with just over 17,300 of them scoring a 3 or higher. By 2015, more than 31,600 students were taking an AP exam, with about 24,300 of them earning a score of 3 or higher. Continue Reading

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KDE seeking individuals to serve on teacher tribunals

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking educators and non-educators interested in serving on teacher tribunals.

Individuals who are currently in the pool for assignment to a teacher tribunal or who already have served on a tribunal will need to reapply and undergo the training to continue to serve. Continue Reading

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Candidates named in commissioner search

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today, the Kentucky Board of Education announced the names of the five candidates it is currently considering for the position of commissioner of education. Continue Reading

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More Kentucky graduates meet state benchmarks on ACT

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – More Kentucky public high school graduates are meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.

“The numbers show that our high school graduates are better prepared for college than ever before,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said. “That’s a direct result of Senate Bill 1 and the reforms – including more rigorous standards and accountability – that we’ve implemented since 2009. Clearly, our teachers and students have risen to the challenge.”

The percentage of students meeting Council on Postsecondary Education benchmarks is up in every subject over the past three years. The benchmarks represent the minimum scores that guarantee students entry into corresponding credit-bearing college courses at Kentucky college and universities without the need for developmental education or supplemental courses. Continue Reading

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Five candidates move forward in commissioner search

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – At a special meeting in Lexington on Aug. 25, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to move five individuals forward in its search for the position of commissioner of education – with the possibility of extending a second interview to each, pending additional information.

The current candidates represent both in-state and out-of-state educators. However, the board did not preclude adding additional candidates to the list, which will be decided at its meeting on Friday prior to the start of second round interviews. Continue Reading

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Proposals sought for Kentucky School Counseling and Advising Institute

Proposals are being sought for the presentations to be given at the first Kentucky School Counseling and Advising Institute, scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at the Northern Kentucky University METS Center in Erlanger, Ky

Working with the White House in conjunction with the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, GEAR UP Kentucky’s event is designed for teams of five school personnel led by school counselors. The institute will explore successful practice, evaluation and relevant research to create dynamic school counseling programs that engage the whole school community in ensuring all students are prepared for college success. Continue Reading

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Kentucky college-going tool unveiled; data released

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Strategic Data Project (an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University), 55,000 Degrees, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Jefferson County Public Schools, has unveiled a new, interactive online tool aimed at improving college-going and persistence in Kentucky.

The tool includes data on the college-going pathway, high school graduation, college enrollment and college persistence from all Kentucky high schools. Continue Reading

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Education commissioner search moves forward

(Louisville, KY) – The Kentucky Board of Education has completed the first round of interviews for the position of commissioner of education. The board interviewed 12 candidates over the past two days.

“We are impressed with the quality of the candidates we talked with,” said Board Chair Roger Marcum. “Each would bring solid experience and a unique perspective to the job.” Continue Reading

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School bus safety poster contest winners announced

With the start of a new school year and a renewed focus on school bus safety, today the Kentucky Department of Education announced the winners of its annual school bus safety poster contest. The theme for the 2015 contest was Bully Free Zone!

The posters were judged at the local district level and the first place winner of each category was then judged at the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation and Student Transportation Association of Kentucky conferences. Continue Reading

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More than 90 percent of Kentucky educators are effective; state Board of Education elects not to include ratings in accountability

The majority of teachers and leaders evaluated in the first year of statewide implementation of Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) were rated exemplary or accomplished, the Kentucky Board of Education learned at its meeting Aug. 6.

Under the system, about a third of certified educators in the state are evaluated each year. In 2014-15, about 16,700 teachers and about 1,400 principals and assistant principals received summative ratings. Continue Reading

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