(FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis is convening a task force charged with making recommendations on improving the process of developing quality curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools.

The charges of the task force will be to assess the state’s current curriculum strengths and needs, consider possibilities for policy, practice and equity improvement; make recommendations for strengthening our system and ensure curriculum aligns with Kentucky’s Academic Standards.

“As we declare war on Novice performance on K-PREP assessments, ensuring every Kentucky student has access to high-quality, Kentucky Academic Standards-aligned curriculum is an essential element for improving student learning,” said Lewis. “Currently, some Kentucky students have access to high-quality curriculum, but others do not. More often, it’s our most vulnerable learners who lack access.”

The task force is comprised of superintendents, district curriculum leads, principals, teachers, representatives from educational cooperatives, postsecondary faculty and other education partners from across the state. Task force members and the district or organization they represent include:

  • Jenni Aberli (Jefferson County) 
  • Jessica Addison (Christian County) 
  • Tracy Bruno (Woodford County)
  • Jennifer Carroll (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative)
  • Mathew Constant (Owensboro Independent)
  • Teresa Emmert (Monroe County) 
  • Suzanne Farmer (Danville Independent)
  • Dr. Jim Flynn (Kentucky Association of School Superintendents)
  • Melissa Gardner (Campbell County)
  • Funda Gonulates and Kelly DeLong (Northern Kentucky University) 
  • Linda Hampton (Governor’s Office for Early Childhood)
  • Ronda Harmon (KASC)
  • Benny Lile (Metcalfe County) 
  • Natalie McCutchen (Simpson County)
  • Anthony Orr (Powell County)
  • Amy Razor (Northern Kentucky Educational Cooperative)
  • Tirissa Ruble (Anderson County) 
  • Bryan Sunderland (Governor’s Office)
  • Chelsey Tingle (Henry County)

The meetings all will be held at the Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
Visitor Center, 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, and are open to the public. The dates and times include:

  • Oct. 23,1-4 p.m. ET
  • Oct. 24,9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 13-14, Meeting Times (TBD)