WHERE DO WE STAND NATIONALLY?

KENTUCKY RANK AMONG 50 STATES

The above statistics are taken from the “Big Bold Future” report.  To view this report in detail, click here.

KENTUCKY EARLY CHILDHOOD INDICATORS

GRADE 3 READING PROF. 45%
GRADE 3 MATH PROF. 38%
GRADE 8 READING PROF. 44%
GRADE 8 MATH PROF. 36%
POSTSECONDARY READINESS 72%
GRADUATION RATES 90%

The above are Kentucky statistics.  To see your individual Groundswell Community Profile, click here.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

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  • 31% of Kentucky fourth graders have reached NAEP reading proficiency.  Our rank has dropped to 29th from 26th in the 2020 report.  – We must do better.
  • 21% of Kentucky eighth graders have reached NAEP mat proficiency.  That puts us at 41st in the rankings, down from 39th in the 2020 report. – We must do better.
  • Kentucky’s rising graduation rate has 3rd in the rankings, with 91% of students who start grade nine earning a diploma within four years.  – Results like this show we can build a Big Bold Future for Kentucky.

Find more statistics below by clicking the “Big Bold Future Report”, or see how your School District is doing by clicking on the “Community Profiles” option.

POLICY & INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

We support funding and legislation that will measurably improve school and student outcomes in public schools.  Policies enacted should:

  • Fully fund school transportation & all day kindergarten.
  • Support recommendations of the SEEK task force.
  • Create and allocate funding for the Fund for Teaching Excellence that includes:
    • Teacher mentorship
    • Expanded coaching to increase teacher quality
    • Teacher scholarships for areas like dual-credit certification
    • Improve early literacy and math outcomes

BIG BOLD ASK INCREASE OVER FY 2022

✔ $42 Million for FY 2023
✔ $83 Million for FY 2024

2023 Progress: 50%
2024 Progress: 30%

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

LOCAL PRACTICE PRIORITIES

  • Coordinated community recovery plans
  • Meaningful family engagement
  • High quality tutoring and mentoring
  • Durable skills development

GROUNDSWELL ACTION SPOTLIGHT

CLARK COUNTY – In addition to hosting a Groundswell Gathering in Clark County, Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellow Valerie Frost took her Groundswell engagement to the next level by studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student grades. She interviewed parents from across the Commonwealth and gathered stories about how some students excelled during at-home learning, and others experienced challenges and difficulties.

“My high school daughter has a couple of classes she’s failing. My son has a bunch of classes he’s failing. Neither was failing before COVID. My son’s grades weren’t the best but my daughter has always done really well in school. She doesn’t like to learn on a computer. She wants a teacher. It has clearly affected their grades,” said a parent from Bowling Green.

“I think my child has thrived with being able to be at home. It’s varied right now by the household. I think if anyone is having issues it would be the younger ones. For some kids who haven’t done [schoolwork], I think their grades have gone down. That’s not allowed in my house. There are no excuses for bad grades with the amount of hands-on we do with schooling,” said a parent from Russellville.

She also hosted a roundtable discussion with students as well. Her stories can be found online.

The above story is taken from our “Groundswell Action” stories.  Groundswell Actions come from communities around Kentucky working to making a difference at the local level.  Read more of them here.