MARCH 2019 \\ PERRYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in BOYLE COUNTY
READING PRIORITY GETS RESULTS
For groups of fifth graders arriving for a reading lesson with teacher Nikki Adams, the morning’s challenge is spotting examples of how an author shows cause and effect or uses comparisons and contrasts to inform readers.
In an article titled “Why are the Oceans Salty?,”…
Jan 11 2019
JANUARY 2019 \\\\\ MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL
SUPPORTS BOOST SUCCESS
Keagin Brooks’ second math class of the day is turning around years of frustration about the subject — not quite understanding algebra basics and growing accustomed to test results that lag behind other subjects. A few hours after her Honors Algebra II class, the 16-year-old junior returns to…
Oct 31 2018
OCTOBER 2018 \\\\\ MOORE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL in LOUISVILLE
EXPANDING RELEVANT CHALLENGES
A school with 2,300 students might seem an unlikely place for individual voices to stand out.
Still, 13-year-olds Abigail Pena Lopez and Jenny Tello Montejo feel encouraged as they discuss the possibilities for proposing a mural to emphasize how the school accepts people of all nationalities. Their…
Declining results in most subject areas and widening achievement gaps in many Kentucky schools evident in the recent release of state test results prompted the Prichard Committee to call for renewed public attention and action around progress in public education. “Today’s results are everyone’s business,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Prichard’s executive director. “For the Commonwealth’s system of public education to continue to improve and build on the progress in the last generation, citizens must be aware of the results for their schools and districts and begin to have courageous conversations about how to serve more students well. This is a moment of opportunity, a time to begin co-designing solutions with educators, students, parents, community and business leaders – side-by-side at the local level.” The Prichard Committee spotlighted three major trends from the test scores, the results of exams that students across the state took last spring: * The youngest elementary students made only slight gains over last year in elementary reading and declining results in elementary mathematics. This pattern applies across nearly all student groups, with signs of better progress only for English learners. * Results show an alarming drop in the number of students meeting Kentucky’s college readiness benchmarks on the ACT, including 5 percent declines in English and mathematics and a 7.5 percent decline in reading. The significance of those results is important because after changes to the state’s testing and accountability system, ACT is the only academic readiness measure that can be fully compared to last year’s results. * Even in schools performing relatively well overall, some groups of students are performing no better than the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state. For schools at all levels, 2018 is the first year of identifying schools for targeted support and improvement (TSI). This identifies schools based on having one or more student groups with performance like the lowest 5 percent of schools. This data show 418 schools have group results at that disturbingly low level, including 320 schools with very low results for students with identified disabilities. Read the full Sept. 26 press release about test results at http://prichardcommittee.org/press-release-latest-school-accountability-results-call-on-kentuckians-to-come-together-around-a-shared-vision-for-progress-in-public-education/.
Sep 29 2018
SEPTEMBER 2018 \\\\\ PARTNERS IN EDUCATION AT BEREA COLLEGE in CLAY COUNTY
DELIVERING EARLY LEARNING
Teacher Melinda Morgan’s morning preschool class is in high gear.
In the manner of accomplished early childhood teachers, she prompts students to think, share, and discover new learning in steady, enthusiastic give-and-take. Reading from an oversized storybook, Morgan keeps two students riveted. “What…
Aug 31 2018
AUGUST 2018 \\\\\ TRIMBLE COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH
MAKING SURE LEARNING STICKS
In a social studies classroom, a group of teenagers gather for a rare experience in schools — going over material that has already been tested. Having earned scores or teacher referrals indicating a major gap on an important topic, in this case how the United States…
The Prichard Committee will be framing pivotal issues in achieving excellence in education with new topical web pages laying out basic issues and suggesting what citizens can do to ensure progress.
The first page, focused on the importance of students earning a meaningful high school diploma, has already launched. Strategy pages on strategic priorities, including: high…
Jul 31 2018
JULY 2018 \\\\\ SOUTH HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY IN HENDERSON
RELATIONSHIPS SPARK ACADEMICS
Last summer, when Lydia Burnette of Henderson was thinking ahead to fifth grade at South Heights Elementary, she was called in for a special assignment: Casually loiter in the school lobby. Then, when candidates for an open teaching job appeared, approach, welcome them, start chatting, and…
Jun 29 2018
JUNE 2018 \\\\\ JOHNSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
BUILDING ACADEMIC CHAMPIONS
What may be the nation’s most acclaimed team of middle school problem solvers has an unlikely headquarters.
In a former home-economics classroom — still lined with stoves that once introduced teenagers to brownie batter and boiling water — six students spend a February Friday afternoon between a conference…
May 16 2018
MAY 2018 \\\\\ GLENN O. SWING ELEMENTARY in COVINGTON
STUDENT WORK DRIVES IMPROVEMENT
Third graders in Karissa Pickens’ classroom at Glenn O. Swing Elementary are reading an article about the flu — how to avoid it, or, should a scratchy throat or bleary eyes strike, how to respond to the symptoms. Graphs and tables accompany the piece,…