Interviews Continue in Commissioner Search

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The Kentucky Board of Education, which continues its search for a new state education commissioner, is meeting in closed session Thursday in Lexington. Now that the school board has narrowed the list of candidates to 12, it will meet privately to discuss feedback from the applicants’ references. Lisa Gross […]

Interviews for Education Commissioner Set for Next Week

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s search for a new education commissioner is intensifying. After meeting privately for almost three hours, the state school board has narrowed the list of candidates from more than 80 to around 12. Board Chairman Joe Brothers says now the interview process begins. “We are on schedule. We wanted […]

Graduation, Dropout Rates Climb

More students are graduating from Kentucky high schools, but more students are also dropping out. New numbers out today show Kentucky’s high school graduation rate climbed from 83.7% in 2007 to around 84.5% last year. But Education Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the dropout rate also increased. “Even though it only went up very slightly, […]

State Board of Ed to Begin Search for New Commissioner Soon

The Kentucky Department of Education is again looking for a new commissioner. Jon Draud resigned the post earlier this month, citing health reasons. He suffered a mild stroke in September. Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says the parameters of what they’re looking for in a leader change with the times. “The criteria is very general right […]

Education Chief Draud To Step Down

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh A year after his hiring, Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud is resigning due to health reasons. In September, Education Commissioner Jon Draud suffered a mild stroke that affected his ability to walk. He continues his recovery, but has not been able to return to work full time. Now, citing […]

KY Junior Class ACT Scores Released

Kentucky Education Department officials have released the results of ACT exams administered to high school juniors in the spring. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says this was the first time that a Kentucky junior class took the college-prep test. “In 2006, the Kentucky General Assembly amended a state statute that requires all public school juniors to participate […]

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 […]