Kentucky Supports JCPS in Common Core Standards

by Devin Katayama on September 19, 2011

Kentucky is one of three states receiving a grant to help support implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Jefferson County Public Schools will participate in the project, which looks to create resources and set models for the state.

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards, which are meant to unify what students are expected to learn in math and English. The standards have since been adopted by 46 states and U.S. territories. JCPS is now one of the 12 districts that Kentucky has asked to be part of the three-year, $8.8 million project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The  grant will support districts in measuring and developing the standards this year.

A recent survey from the Center for Educational Policy shows that many school districts have struggled with finding state-support in implementing the standards, said Nancy Kober, the report’s co-author. Many states have a plan, but lack resources, she said.

“When it gets down to things like providing guidance, the districts in our study cited that what they felt as inadequate or unclear state guidance is a major challenge in implementing the Common Core State Standards,” Kober said.

The grant should help. Over three years JCPS will work with the other districts to create ways to assess the standards and develop models that can be used in other areas of the state.

Kober said the survey was conducted earlier this year and many districts have since made attempts to better support the standards.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens has included management of the standards’ implementation in her 90-Day Plan. And the board is scheduled to hear its role at a meeting next Monday.

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