Board of Education May Vote on CATS Replacement Wednesday

The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to approve changes to school assessments this week. The board has been focused on meeting the fall deadline to implement Senate Bill One, which passed the General Assembly in 2009. The legislation changes school assessment guidelines, and requires many rules and regulations to be updated. That task has […]

Art Education to Have New Assessment Policy

Art education policies are a major topic at this weekend’s annual conference Kentucky Art Education Association in Lexington.. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Last spring, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1, which changed reforms enacted with the Kentucky Education Reform Act; it scrapped the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System or CATS. Now, arts teachers are looking […]

Many Arts Educators Satisfied with Senate Bill 1

Many arts educators are satisfied with the Kentucky General Assembly’s move to end the current state education testing system, even though it means scrapping testing in the arts and humanities. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Throughout the current General Assembly, arts educators have worried that scrapping the Commonwealth Accountably Testing System or CATS could undermine […]

CATS Overhaul Wins Final Approval

The Kentucky General Assembly has given final approval to a bill to revamp the state’s student testing program. House and Senate conferees ironed out their differences Friday and both chambers approved the legislation late in the day. Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Kelly says many teachers in his distsrict have told him that it was […]

House Votes To Scrap CATS

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, could soon be history. The state House last night voted 97-0 for a Senate bill that scraps the test in favor of a one that tracks individual student progress. House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins says there will be a two-year transition […]

Task Force Studies Effectiveness of CATS

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh A task force studying Kentucky’s student accountability and assessment efforts has met for a second time in Frankfort. The Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 requires all Kentucky schools to be academically proficient by 2014. The Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, is used to gauge progress. But with […]

Education Task Force To Meet Tuesday

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Task Force on Assessment and Accountability will meet Tuesday in Frankfort. This will be the second meeting of the 30 member task force. Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the panel will review the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, which is used to measure schools’ academic progress. “The Commissioner of […]