Kentucky Education – News and Updates

Time to Boldy Invest in Public Education

Op-ed: Progress Stalled; Time to Boldly Invest in Public Education, Excellent READ – Jan 18, 2018

KY’s plan to implement federal Every Student Succeeds Act takes a step forward

Kentucky developed its plan over the past year-and-a-half with input from thousands of shareholders including educators, business and community leaders, parents and legislators. The plan outlines how the state will evaluate public schools and districts, including charter schools, and hold them accountable for equitably educating each child regardless of where he or she lives, the student’s race, ethnicity, family income or whether the student has a disability. – Jan 2, 2018


It is anticipated the state will resubmit its plan sometime around the end of January 2018

High Quality Childcare and Education Rally Held at Capitol Rotunda – Dec. 13, 2017

Thanks to House Education Chair Bam Carney, Travis Burton with the Kentucky Chamber, and Kids Matter Coalition for hosting this important “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow” rally to raise awareness to better childcare and early education for Kentucky’s future workforce!   Article by KY Chamber Bottomline    WKYT news coverage of the rally  

WKYT news coverage of the rally

Children from Bright Beginnings Childcare in Frankfort were guests and said “THANK YOU” to our state for investing in early childhood education.

Op-ed: Broad spectrum of post-secondary education key to driving Kentucky economy  Click to read op-edCommon Core is Better for Students

Kentucky high school students makes big gains in dual credit – Nov. 28, 2017

Kentucky high school students make big gains in dual credit

Economic impact of accessible high-quality child care

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted an event recently, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to highlight the economic impact of accessible high-quality child care. Read more about the event   -November, 2017

Today, Slamdunk Kentucky encourages principals, teachers, parents, and students

to place their nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – Nov. 07, 2017

We’ve made incredible progress in education

but much more is possible. Watch Bill LIVE   -September 26, 2017

KY leaders and teachers meet and share testimony on Essential Skills bill

Essential Skills news: October 12, 2017

Read about the importance of implementing essential skills into our public schools here    Article by The Bottom Line: Kentucky Political News, Jacqueline Pitts

Ky Department of Education develops a new School Report Card dashboard

What can flipping your classroom do for your students?

The flipped classroom approach provides a foundation for teachers to transform and modernize the educational process in a way that encourages deep learning. Hopkins County Schools 7th grade teacher helped his students learn science in a new way.  -September 26, 2017


Louisville Teachers:

Want to tell the Kentucky Department of Education what YOU think? Come to a focus group near you! Click here 

New Education Bill to be introduced – Released on September 14, 2017

What is the Essential Skills Bill (House Bill 454) and why is it so important to Kentucky education curriculum and our students’ future in the workforce? House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell explains more about the Essential Skills Legislation in his live interview with Bottom Line reporter, Jacqueline Pitts:Essential Skills Bill, Education in Kentucky

2017 Kentucky ACT report is in

Kentucky graduates hold steady on ACT tests. Click here to read Kentucky’s report: Link

Released on September 7, 2017

Status of New Accountability System – September, 2017

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt provides an update on K-12 education in Kentucky, including the status of a new accountability system. Renee Shaw via KET hosts. Click to watch

NEW: Kentucky Board of Education approves

regulation that will govern Kentucky’s new Accountability System Click for more info

New accountability meeting underway!

Remember! Kentucky Board of Education meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, scheduled to vote on accountability system! Click here to read the full agenda    Watch the meeting live!

We need your feedback!

Kentuckians: Please read and offer your feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan under Every Student Succeeds Act. Feedback and comments are due: by Sept. 5.Click here to read over the draft Details: Click here to give feedback 

The latest on the accountability regulation

The board originally was scheduled to consider the second reading of the proposed system at its Aug. 2 meeting, but action was delayed until later this month to give the board more time for discussion. Click here for the latest on accountability.

Education talk: Equity and Equality Are Not Equal

There is a common misconception that equity and equality mean the same thing — and that they can be used interchangeably, especially when talking about education. Click here to read more

The 2017 TELL Kentucky Survey helps ensure we are supporting

our Kentucky teachers, schools, and providing them opportunities to thrive. Click here for the latest school results. August 03, 2017 

Can teachers keep students in the classroom

and modify student behavior? This Pulaski schools teacher says yes. August 01, 2017 Click here to readBrandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), has developed a staged-discipline plan that has been proven to lower the numbers of referrals at his school. Hensley presented the discipline plan, which is designed to keep students in the classroom, in June at the Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning Conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 13, 2017

Approved: Teacher leader standards regulation 

Teacher leadership is the process by which teachers, individually or collectively, influence their colleagues, principals and other
members of the school community to improve teaching and learning practices with the aim of increased student learning
and achievement.  July 27, 2017

Equity, Sustainability, and the Future of College 

“American higher education has risen to the challenge before, and I believe it can again. But we must start with an honest assessment of how we are failing as a bridge to opportunity and what we can do to correct that.” -Gates Foundation, July 27, 2017 Full article here

Is college affordable for Kentucky’s low income families? Click to read full article

Kentucky’s net price at public four-year institutions is lower than the national average and for Ohio and Tennessee, but higher than West Virginia. At two-year institutions, Kentucky’s net price is the lowest among the comparative states and the nation.  – Kentucky’s Council on Post Secondary Education

Voices from the Classroom:

Amelia Brown says fire is spreading at Taylor Mill Elementary, and it’s all good. Read her op-ed

Stimulating School Improvement Under ESSA

For Equity-Oriented State Leaders: 9 Ideas for Stimulating School Improvement Under ESSA July 27, 2017   Read More

Voices from the Classroom:

Kentucky teacher, Chris Wright tells this truly inspiring story in the Northern Kentucky Tribune. Click to read

July 18, 2017


2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Awards   July 14, 2017

Click here if you missed it! 

1st row, left to right: Director Mardi Montgomery, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Jennifer Meo-Sexton, Kellie Clark, Belinda Raye Furman, Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and CEO Sam Mitchell; 2nd and 3rd rows: Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards Winners

Kentucky’s new accountability system

The new guidelines must declare ambitious goals for greater progress and intentionally focus on closing achievement gaps. Click to read developments and details.  Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News, July 13, 2017

The Regulatory Review committee meet Friday, July 14 at 9 a.m.

The Accountability Work Groups, as support to the Accountability Steering Committee, have designed various elements of Kentucky’s new school accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the new federal law governing public education. The Regulatory Review Work Group reviews recommendations from the other committees and determines if the proposals meet the statutory requirements of ESSA, identifies any amendments to existing state statutes that may be required; and determines any state regulatory changes needed as a result of the proposals. The Kentucky Board of Education must approve any changes in the accountability system. July 11, 2017CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION       CLICK TO SEE AGENDA

Carmynn Blakeley, blind 8- yrs old JCPS student

wins Natl’ Braille Challenge! Making Kentucky proud. 

Congratulations to Ms. Terri Stice

for winning the Stillwell Award for outstanding service in Educational Technology for our state. Published: July 2017
 Learn more about the Stillwell Award.

Local parent leaders invest in success for all children

When five of the 14 Northern Kentucky participants at parent leadership training last fall turned out to be from one school, it quickly became obvious that their ultimate project could have a big impact. – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – Perspectives June 2017

click to read article

High school students, teachers explore advanced manufacturing careers Read

Published: June 27, 2017

Amazing opportunity! Sharing strategies and ideas to benefit student learning, teaching and parenting. Click here for more information!

Educators get on the job experience in promoting soft skills Click here to read  Published: June 22, 2017


Kentucky schools would be rated from one to five stars under accountability system

  • Click here to read news releaseLink
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New accountability system nearing completion. 

Photo by Bobby Ellis

Photo by Bobby Ellis

Revision process moves forward for our Kentucky academic standards

(KDE) is moving forward with the review and revision process for academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Published: June 1, 2017 Click to read 

New meeting scheduled for education accountability system

The Commissioner’s Work Group for Consequential Review, one of the groups involved with developing a new accountability system, will meet Tuesday, June 6. Published: June 2017 Click for details 

New meeting scheduled to discuss and create new accountability system for Kentuckys education

Funding has been awarded to help Kentucky school districts

Prominent funding has been awarded to help Kentucky school districts w/ workforce efforts. –Herald Leader, May 18, 2017 Read for more information

Most of the projects are building or technology upgrades that will help school districts produce a highly-trained workforce from industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, health care, technology, transportation and construction.


 New guide on Kentucky education, accountability

Helping parents, employers and community leaders gain a better understanding of school performance is the focus of a new citizen’s guide from the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Slamdunk Kentucky. -May 25, 2017  Click here to view the guide.

#SlamdunkKY and KY Chamber Foundation releases a guide for parents, employers and community leaders our schools performance. #KYEdchat Click To Tweet


How are other states are developing their accountability plans?

Learn more from the ESSA HUB! 



KY academic standards scheduled to be reviewed and revised

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt speaks at a May 15 news conference at which he detailed the schedule for review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards. English/language arts and mathematics standards are currently online and open for public comment. Current standards will remain in place until new or revised standards are adopted. Click to read details.
Photo by Mike Marsee – May 15, 2017 Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt speaks at a May 15 news conference at which he detailed the schedule for review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards. English/language arts and mathematics standards are currently online and open for public comment. Current standards will remain in place until new or revised standards are adopted. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 15, 2017


Three Generations in One Family Graduate at the Same Time

“I have always taught my girls that they can be whatever they want to be.” Awesome article by Caroline Bologna! – May 12, 2017  Click to read


Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8 – 12

Many thanks to all of our Kentucky educators all around the state, and the U.S.!  We celebrate the impact you have in our children and our world.

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers:

” …when students are lucky enough to find a life-changing teacher, the benefits last a lifetime.”  By: Betty Ray – May 9, 2017    Read article here 


Let’s TALK conference to be held in Lexington KY

You don’t want to miss this large event on June 12-13! Share ideas, learn effective tools and resources! Network with teachers, learn new effective strategies for improving your professional practice.  The conference is targeted to teachers, principals, administrators, paraprofessionals, instructional assistants and aides; instructional leaders with teams of teachers, pre-service teachers and those in higher education. REGISTER TODAY!More information  Presented by: + 


200+ students create innovative solutionsRyan Burchett, an 8th-grade student at Anchorage Public Elementary School (Anchorage Independent) watches an LED bulb light up as a result of his activity on a stationary bicycle at an exhibit manned by Ockerman Middle School (Boone County) teacher Jennifer Davis and 8th-grade student Jordan Lowry. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 27, 2017

Improving the environment, one project at a time – by Mike Marsee – May 2, 2017


Need more teacher voices for Kentucky education

“The new law allows all of us — educators, parents, students, community members — to have a say in what education must look like for our students…teachers need to find opportunities to have their voices heard” OP-ED by Kentucky teacher, Kari Patrick. Click to read


Kentucky business community + public school accountability

The state’s business community supports a strong school accountability system to make sure our students are making the academic progress that will ensure their success in the future. Here’s an op-ed by Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. – April 27, 2017 Click here to read article.


2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year – 9 Semifinalists 



Homework tips help students as well as teachers → Click for tips! – April 25, 2017

ESSA and Accountability:

Keeping State Accountability Systems Simple, by ExcelinEd Read article – April 19, 2017


Business community weighs in on importance of accountability in Kentucky schools

#KYEdListens Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News Site, Jacqueline Pitts Read article -April 2017


Students Entering 1st Grade With Better Reading Skills

than Previously, Study Says: Education Week Read article -April 19, 2017


Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA:

An eagerness to engage and be heard. by -March 30, 2017   Read article



UK Sophomore calls for state-wide actions to address the achievement gap

Read article “Don’t Call It An Achievement Gap” By Susie Smith – March 27, 2017Achievement Gap in Kentucky Schools ESSA Achievement Gap


Early Childhood Education Success

Article supporting early childhood education is key to ending generational cycle poverty. – March 23, 2017  Read the article by Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen


Be part of Kentucky’s education accountability system!

  1. Read all about Kentucky’s accountability system plan here
  2. Take this survey, give your feedback, so you can make a difference!  


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Today is !

What is your school doing to celebrate? Here are some resources:Link   -March 14, 2017

Share your voice about Kentucky education and accountability.

Town Hall Meetings engage communities, schools, families, and Kentucky students for education. Find your Town Hall Meeting. Click for more info


Congratulations Kelly Livingston, fifth-grade teacher from Klondike Elementary!

Local JCPS elementary school teacher wins Bill and Melinda Gates award  – March 3, 2017

Evidence for ESSA Goes Live!

  • a free website providing easy access to information on programs meeting the evidence standards of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • ESSA requires use of programs that meet these standards in school improvement proposals, and it provides competitive preference points for proposals including proven programs in several competitive grant competitions.  – March 2, 2017


Commissioner of Education, Stephen Pruitt issues State of P-12 Education report 

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt presents information during the Kentucky State of Education. Pruitt said that Kentucky’s achievement gap was his top concern going forward.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 22, 2017


Essential skills education bill moves forward.



VIDEO: Secretary Colin Powell says we must focus on early childhood education

– February 27, 2017


Important news happening to our Kentucky Education Standards

during Kentucky General Assembly 2017 #KYGA17 Read it all here: – Spectrum News – February 16, 2017


Learn more about the new Kentucky education law.

→ Click Here  – February 15, 2017


Professional development for our Kentucky principals, making stronger leaders.

– February 14, 2017

Taking it from the top

Summary of Senate Bill 1, is now being considered in 2017 General Assembly.


(Special thanks to Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence)

Charter schools are on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s to-do list.

@7:00 minute mark in this video ➱

What is going on with Kentucky’s educational standards?

Read / watch recent happenings: February 11, 2017

Teacher article day!

Kimberly Kennedy, of Villa Hills, is a former educator and a freelance writer. Read her new op-ed: Common Core: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it

Published: January 2017

Cory Curl blogs on ways to build on early childhood education progress in 2017.

Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence  

Republicans push charter schools, other changes in Kentucky education

Herald Leader Newspaper – January 17, 2017

County schools to open new preschool aiming to boost kindergarten readiness

Bowling Green Daily News – December 15, 2016

Kids deserve security and hope.

Written by Katie Okumu, a senior at Berea Community High School in Berea, Ky. – Courier Journal – December 2016

Kentucky is joining 36 other states with state funding for higher education based on performance.

Eastern Kentucky University, News and Info – December 2016


Commissioner Pruitt explains in detail the NEW Kentucky Science Assessment System and what it means for Kentucky schools.

– December 2016

Check out KY Teacher’s new social studies page!

The place where Kentucky social studies teachers engage and communicate!  Lauren Gallicchio is the new social studies consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education. – December 2016 

Slamdunk Kentucky Voice just released:

Federal education law, #ESSA offers opportunity for improvement: READ:  #KYTeachers – December 2016

State report shows improvement in every JCPS student group:

“Early childhood programs has a tremendous impact for students skills throughout their entire education and beyond; making sure they start school ready to understand and use these concepts helps them be more successful not just in class, but in life.” Congratulations to JSPS on the increasing scores of Kindergarten readiness. Read the details: – December 2016

Closing achievement gaps within our public schools is one of our top priorities in Kentucky education.

Read this to see what our leaders are saying

Kentucky launches expanded quality rating and improvement system for ALL early learning / development programs statewide.

November 2016 –  Details here

Congratulations to teacher of the year, Ron Skillern!

Click here for the full report and success story.


What’s needed in teacher preparations?

Read teacher-led report  Hope Street Group – November 2016



Nine semifinalists for 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the year award announced!

Get the latest here

2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year 9 Semifinalists

2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year 9 Semifinalists



News worthy:

U.S. Senator Alexander comes to Kentucky and testifies on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

– Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News Site – September 2016


Click here to join the SlamDunk initiative to stay up to date on what’s happening in KY education!

Education progress, continuing challenges: Recent eye-opening news article: Courier-Journal – August 2016

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Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt of Kentucky Department of Education reflects after the Olympic Games‬.

He encourages ‪Kentucky teachers to see it as a vehicle for success. Read his full story:

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This tool helps families partner with educators to ensure their kids are on track to succeed: 

Kentucky Parent teacher conference Common Core


Excellence with Equity: It’s Everybody’s Business.

Kentucky must take a giant leap now to #closethegapky. Click here to read this new report:  Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – August 2016

Prichard Committee-Achievement Gap Report Cover


Kentucky is making great strides in education!

Educational animation video brought to you by #SlamdunkKY – August 2016


“I just landed my first teaching job!”

Here’s some great advice for our new teachers!     #SlamdunkKY  – August 2016


KY students deserve a voice in their education.

Report by gaining lots of national attention. Student Voice Team urges to recognize student voice.  Read the news here: for Eliza-Jane-Schaeffer


Slamdunk Kentucky brings you an exclusive back-to-school message

from our Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Pruitt. This is a motivational back-to-school massage, highlighting the importance of our higher standards, and keeping our children’s education first and foremost. Our children, our commonwealth. – August 2016


How teacher-led professional development leads to innovation

 -Kentucky Teacher Magazine – February 2016


A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

provides an overview of education developments that began with the 1990 passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and continue today. – June 2016

Click to download full booklet.

Click to download full booklet.


Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt to host virtual Town Hall Meeting

at 6:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 7, to gather feedback from Kentuckians on how they define school success.

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Kentucky teacher, Stephanie Barnett, explains how higher standards prepare her students for high school and beyond.

– Educators for Higher Standards – June 2016

How academic standards empower teachers.

– Courier-Journal – February 2016

Supporting the educational needs of military families.

– EduTopia – May 2016

Students of military families

Major General Verna D. Fairchild: Standards encourages students to ‘aim high’. – The State Journal – April 2016

High standards give students an opportunity to lead in their classrooms and excel.

– Educators for High Standards – April 2016

Kentucky teacher Katrina Boone defends new state standards in this powerful article.

 Huffington Post – April 2016

Common Core Teacher Boone Katrina

Students can subtract confusion from math standards – The Courier-Journal – November 2015

Standards should be about students, not elections – The Courier-Journal – November 2015

Grayson: Ky.’s academic standards are working – The Kentucky Enquirer – November 2015

Elementary reading emphasis credited for gains in Kentucky – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer – October 2015

Kentuckians strongly support current academic standards – Kentucky Teacher – July 2015

Up for the challenge: Local school districts adapting to state’s Core Academic Standards – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer – December 2014

Let’s celebrate our first steps on new science standards – Kentucky Teacher – December 2014

New standards a new challenge for science teachers – Kentucky Teacher – October 2014