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/.
FIRST-EVER PARENT SUMMIT OPENS PATH TO DEEPER INVOLVEMENT
LEXINGTON, April 28, 2018 — A group of 33 parents spent a day discussing and learning ways to support improved results from local schools. The Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership organized the Kentucky Parent Leadership Summit to keep building grassroots support for focusing on greater achievement.
CAPITOL RALLY TEACHES STUDENTS ABOUT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
FRANKFORT, March 20, 2018 — The Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team brought together students from across the state eager to speak out about gun violence in the wake of school shootings in Kentucky and Florida. In addition to a rally on the steps of the state Capitol, the group…
BRIEFS SHARE TEACHER LEADERSHIP GAINS
A new series of three briefs from the Prichard Committee explains efforts since 2010 to redefine and expand teacher leadership in Kentucky schools.
Nationally, teacher leadership efforts have sought to expand roles and connections for teachers to develop their skills. Teacher leadership programs have also examined ways to keep strong teachers in…
Dec 20 2017
Noraa Ransey is certain that she was born to be a teacher. Actually, she can be even more precise: “I love teaching third graders to read — getting struggling students caught up and pushing them to places they didn’t think they could reach.”
Reflecting on 12 years in the classroom, the teacher at North Calloway Elementary…
Dec 20 2017
Given the chance to brainstorm a new project for her eighth grade English class, veteran teacher Michelle Devine was eager to cover areas that were challenges or often overlooked: a non-fiction novel rather than fiction, contemporary rather than classic, assignments stressing skills that could use extra work and time — identifying the central idea or…
Dec 20 2017
On a stormy morning at the sprawling Second Street School on the edge of the Kentucky River in Frankfort, teacher Samantha Sams is working her way from room to room, challenging small groups of students with tasks that build on their regular lessons.
Surrounded by third graders going over a reading passage, Sams is working through the…
Dec 09 2017
In this edition of Perspectives we take a look at:
Grassroots Growth, Achievement Gains Lead Plan
Students’ Input on Learning Can Boost School Culture, Speakers Say
Renewing an Urgent Call for Citizen Engagement
Prichard Selects New Officers
Tight Budgets, Growing Need Strain College Affordability
‘People Wanted More for Their Kids’
Raimondo Award Honors N.…
Aug 31 2017
KY Board of Education Approves
Ambitious Goals for Education
The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) met on Wednesday, August 23, to vote on the present version of the state’s new accountability system to be submitted to US Department of Education in September. After thoughtful discussion, KBE voted unanimously in support of the framework.
The Committee was particularly impressed…
Give for Good Louisville Set for Sept. 14
The Prichard Committee will participate in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s one-day online fundraising campaign “Give for Good Louisville” on Sept. 14. This year’s campaign offers a chance to draw attention to the work in Louisville of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.
The program has inspired greater…