Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tags Commissioner’s Comments

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It’s time to revisit graduation requirements

It’s been eight years since any significant changes have been made to Kentucky’s graduation requirements. Eight years is a long time in our economy.

Creating a new focus on literacy

As parents and educators, we need to recognize that teaching children to be literate citizens has its place in all of the classes we teach in Kentucky’s schools.

Pushing forward

2018 holds the potential for foundational changes that will lead to a stronger and more effective system of public education in Kentucky. However, we are at a pivotal point in the Commonwealth.

Student input vital in education

One of the curious things in education is while we tend to seek input from educators, parents and community members when making policy decisions, we don’t always seek input from those who are affected most by those decisions – the students.

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.

Kentucky’s new accountability system designed to push education forward

After almost two years, more than 20 town hall meetings and thousands of public comments, Kentucky finally has a new accountability system and it is one of which we all should be proud.

Meeting the mental and emotional needs of children

While we – as educators and parents – often talk about academic achievement, it’s not the only concern I have as Kentucky's commissioner of education. We need to begin talking more often about the social and emotional health of our students

How KDE is staying busy during the summer months

As an educator, the one question I hear more than almost any other is, “Do you get the summers off?” In a word, no.

Effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources for the K-12 system.

Kentucky’s English and mathematics standards up for feedback

This summer, we are working on the standards for both English/language arts (E/LA) and mathematics. Please take some time and give us your thoughts on our draft standards and let us know how they can be improved.