Education Commissioner Creates Student Council For Feedback

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is forming an 11-member student council that will provide the education department with feedback on issues affecting students. The Next-Generation Student Council is inviting 10th and 11th grade public school students to apply for membership to the year-long program. Students will meet with Holliday and department staff both in person […]

Education Commissioner Denies Free Trips Influenced Contract Decision, Rand Paul to Release GOP Jobs Plan, UK President Says Schools Must Modernize, Occupy Louisville Continues: Afternoon Review

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says international trips paid for by an education foundation did not lead to the decision to contract with its business arm. The New York Times reported several states entered into agreements with Pearson after it gave them free trips. Holliday says there were no ethical violations. Offering an alternative to […]

Education Commissioners Raise Ethical Concerns With Free Trips

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says international trips paid for by an education foundation did not lead to the decision to contract with its business arm. The New York Times reported several states entered into agreements with Pearson after taking trips on its foundation’s dime and this raises ethical questions, said Times reporter Mike Winerip. […]

Education Commissioner Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

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. […]

Statewide End-of-Course Exams Begin Next Year

End-of-course assessments were authorized in education reforms approved by Kentucky lawmakers in 2009. The statewide tests measure student achievement in graduation-required courses of English, Algebra, Biology and U.S. History. Rhonda Sims of the Education Department says districts are also being encouraged to base up to 20 percent of a student’s final course grade on assessment […]

Kentucky Officials Praise Teach for America Expansion

Praise is pouring in for an initiative to place top-flight college graduates in teaching positions in three Eastern Kentucky counties. Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, who grew up in Hazard, is excited about Teach for America’s decision to expand into Eastern Kentucky. Mongiardo says the program, which is recruiting top college graduates to teach in schools […]

Kentucky-In; Indiana-Out for Race to the Top Funds

Kentucky was on the list of 16 finalists the U.S. Department of Education announced today in the running for more than $4 billion in Race to the Top funds. But Indiana is out. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the announcement Thursday and said the department would interview representatives from […]