Monday, October 22, 2018
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Bringing parents to the table

The Every Student Succeeds Act – the federal law that governs K-12 public education – the phrase “parent and family engagement” is used in lieu of “parental involvement.” While that seems like a minor change, I think it is a big shift in how we think about the relationship between families and our schools.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

New system means big changes to school accountability measures

Starting this month, you’ll begin hearing much more about our new school accountability system and what it means for each district, school and student.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Proposed graduation requirements offer flexibility, accountability

Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Under Kentucky’s current graduation requirements, the answer is no, which is why I believe now is the time for us to make significant revisions to our requirements.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

The path to state management and assistance is not short

Following my recommendation to place Jefferson County Public Schools in state management, some school leaders, teachers and parents outside Louisville have asked “will our district be next?” The simple answer is “no,”
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Holding education to a higher standard

There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Public charter schools: An additional tool for improving public education

Traditional public schools have been and will continue to be the primary vehicle for delivering instruction to our students, but public charter schools may provide a much-needed opportunity for a high-quality education for some of our Commonwealth's most at-risk children.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Changes coming to accountability system, School Report Card

We have some big changes coming up in education over the next year and I want to take some time to share how it will be impacting your family and your school.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Giving thanks to all of Kentucky’s teachers

Teaching is a demanding profession. To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, scheduled for May 7-11, I'd like to thank all of Kentucky's educators for the outstanding things they do for their students every day.
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis

Doing our best for every child

I've recorded a new short video for all of Kentucky's teachers to share my priorities in education. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and thank you for all you do for the Commonwealth's children.