Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Interim Commissioner Lewis to visit Jefferson County Schools

The Kentucky Department of Education announced April 20 that Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis will visit Jefferson County Public Schools April 25-26 as part of an ongoing management audit.

Town halls called off; public input still sought on graduation requirements

To speed the process for developing new graduation requirements,, the Kentucky Department of Education now will collect input online through an expanded survey instead of town hall meetings.
Milton Seymore, left, was elected as the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education at the board's April 17 special meeting. Wayne D. Lewis Jr. , right, was named as interim commissioner of education at the same meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 17, 2018

Wayne D. Lewis Jr. named interim commissioner of education

During a special April 17 meeting at which newly appointed members were sworn into office, the Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr. the interim commissioner of education.
Jennifer Zinth, of the Education Commission of the States, a nonpartisan education organization, presents different high school requirements from across the country to members of the Kentucky Board of Education during the board's April 11 meeting. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Kentucky Board of Education begins graduation requirements revamp

The Kentucky Board of Education kicked off its examination of the state’s graduation requirements at its regular meeting April 11 with a national overview of what other states are doing to ensure their high school graduates can successfully transition to careers and college.
Roszalyn Akins, of the Black Males Working Academy, poses with Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and KBE Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler as she accepts the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for the Black Males Working Academy. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Lexington organization receives Dr. Samuel Robinson Award

At its meeting April 11 in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to the Black Males Working (BMW) Academy program.
Soraya Matthews, center, poses with Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and KBE Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler after being awarded the Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 11, 2018

Grissom Award goes to Fayette County educator

At its regular meeting April 11, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the seventh annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award to Soraya Matthews, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Fayette County Public Schools.

Kentucky performance flat on national reading, math tests

Kentucky's public school students’ performance in reading and mathematics on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained relatively flat, according to results released April 10. Kentucky students scored about the same as those in most other states.

Education commissioner supports autism awareness

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is leading educators across Kentucky in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day in support of children and families who experience autism on a daily basis.

Students to compete in technology state championships

More than 9,000 students, educators and parents will converge on Lexington for the 11th annual Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship on March 29.

Comment sought on IDEA, Part B plan

Public comment is being sought on the Kentucky Department of Education’s application for federal funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).