One of my top priorities here at the Kentucky Department of Education is to increase the number and percentage of high school students successfully completing early postsecondary opportunities, such as dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International.
We have reached the point in Kentucky’s history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.
Almost half of Kentucky’s population lives in rural areas. That means a significant portion of Kentucky’s students are being educated in rural school districts. Our rural schools face unique challenges compared to our suburban and urban schools.
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.
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.
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.
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,”
There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
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.
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.