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    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
  • PERSPECTIVES | 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.

  • PERSPECTIVES | December 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
    Strategic Plan
    ‘People Wanted More for Their Kids’
    Raimondo Award Honors N.…

  • PERSPECTIVES | KY Board of Education Approves Ambitious Goals for Education

    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…

  • PERSPECTIVES | Give for Good Louisville Set for Sept. 14

    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…