Monday, June 17, 2019

Social studies standards approved by regulation subcommittee

The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee approved new social studies standards during its May 14 meeting at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort and will tentatively go into law July 5.

New resources available for revised minimum graduation requirements

On April 5, Kentucky's new minimum high school graduation requirements became law. Several tools are available on the Minimum High Graduation Requirements webpage, including a FAQ and several charts to help people understand the new changes and how they impact other important elements of Kentucky education.

State awarded $9 million grant to improve mental health services in schools

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, announced May 9 the award of a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students across the state and in three pilot school districts.

Financial data, comparisons now available on School Report Card

Kentucky residents can now see how much schools spend per student and other financial expenditures with a new update of the Kentucky Department of Education’s School Report Card, which was released May 8.

SAC discusses novice reduction, graduation requirements

At its May 1 meeting, the Superintendents’ Advisory Council discussed ways that districts can reduce the number of novice students in their schools.

Nine semifinalists named for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding educators from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline™ announced April 26.
The Boys to Men Leadership group is led by Bowling Green City Schools Employment Specialist Tyreon Clark, who works with male students from kindergarten through 6th grade who come from various backgrounds on leadership and workforce skills.

Lewis honors three student groups for advancing educational excellence

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis on April 24 honored three student-based organizations from across the Commonwealth for their participation in a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of education.

Former social studies teacher named executive director of KBE

Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced the hiring of Jennifer Fraker as executive director of the Kentucky Board of Education. She begins this role with the department April 16.

New KDE website brings standards info to central location

The Commissioner's Teacher Advisory Council heard updates on a new website for the Kentucky Academic Standards and on the adoption and development of computer science standards.
Mya Webb, a 5th-grader at John G. Carlisle Elementary (Covington Independent) rides in a gyroscopic chair at the STLP State Championship while others wait their turn. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2017

12,000 Students Headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday, April 18.