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Kentucky, Indiana Granted Waiver From No Child Left Behind

by Devin Katayama on February 9, 2012

Kentucky and Indiana have been granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind standards.

NCLB has been criticized the past few years as having unreachable goals for education. Kentucky and Indiana were among the 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and 28 more states have announced they plan to seek waiver later this year. In the first round ten states were granted a waiver.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Jefferson County in November to discuss the application with Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who told WFPL last week he felt confident that Kentucky would be granted a waiver.

The state will now be charged with implementing its own accountability system, which the state was been preparing since passing Senate Bill 1 in 2009. The system provides a new model for school growth and will award schools that make a certain amount of progress, said Kentucky Department of Education’s Lisa Gross. The “Unbridled Learning Accountability Model” gives schools credit for meeting broader goals like being college-and-career ready. [click to continue…]

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Kentucky Awarded “Race to the Top” Funds

by Rick Howlett December 23, 2011

From the Associated Press Kentucky education officials say they are excited about being awarded $17 million in federal “Race to the Top” funding to improve K-12 programs. Although the award was less than requested, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the funding will be used to implement initiatives including new assessments for public schools, more rigorous […]

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Education Commissioner Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

by Devin Katayama September 6, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Terry Holliday to the National Assessment Governing Board. “The governing board my make decisions about which types of test NAEP will provide. NAEP tests things like reading and math and science and writing,” said Lisa Gross, Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman. […]

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Kentucky Graduation Rates May Drop With New Standards

by Devin Katayama August 2, 2011

Kentucky has released graduation rates for the 2009-2010 school year. The rates are based off a new formula under No Child Left Behind and appear to have dipped, though that’s not an entirely accurate assessment. “You shouldn’t go back and compare the rates that we’ve reported in the past with these new rates. The reason […]

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Kentucky Education Department Asking For Input

by Rick Howlett March 1, 2011

An online questionnaire called the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Survey launched today for educators across the Commonwealth.

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Six JCPS Schools On New Low-Achieving List

by Rick Howlett November 8, 2010

Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the schools will undergo state leadership assessments and be eligible for federal school improvement grants.

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Kentucky School Board To Meet Wednesday

by Rick Howlett October 3, 2010

State education department spokesperson Lisa Gross says topping the agenda will be discussion of changes to Kentucky’s assessment and accountability system for public schools.

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School Lunches

by Laura Ellis September 21, 2010

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and tater tots for lunch? That’s the question author Janet Poppendieck poses in her book “Free for All: Fixing School Food in America.” In it she explores what goes into the making of school lunches – not just ingredients, but policy decisions, nutrition requirements, and of course, budgetary restrictions. We’ll talk about it all on Wednesday with Poppendieck, along with Dr. Adewale Troutman and a member of the Health & Nutrition Division of the KY Department of Education. Join us with your questions and thoughts.   Listen to the Show

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Kentucky Misses Out On Race To Top Dollars Again

by tcveigh August 24, 2010

In March, Tennessee and Delaware were awarded a total of $600 million for education improvements. Now, school districts in nine more states and the District of Columbia will share another $3.4 billion. Apparently, Kentucky’s application for federal funding was lacking one vital component.

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Porter Appointed To JCPS Board Seat

by Rick Howlett June 24, 2010

By Rick Howlett Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has appointed Diane Porter to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to the Courier-Journal. The 61 year old Porter was a longtime principal, teacher and administrator for JCPS, and retired in October. She was one of four candidates interviewed for the seat […]

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