August 1 2014

Published: 2/24/2015 2:39 PM
​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• First Release of 2014 K-PREP Student Test Data on Monday
• Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
• Registration for the September 11, 2014 Superintendents’ Summit
• AdvancED – KDE Diagnostic Review Evaluator (Team Member) Application (Attachment)
• No College=Low Wages report now available online
• 2014-15 Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Schools Certification Form (Attachment)
• Upcoming Aug. 6-7 KBE Meeting
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jay Simmons, Carlisle County
• Commissioner’s Blog
Fast Five on Friday
(Nine Items)
First Release of 2014 K-PREP Student Test Data on Monday
On Monday, August 4, at 8:00 a.m. ET, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will make available individual student data to districts electronically via PearsonAccess. This release provides results to support work with individual students in the upcoming school year and meets reporting expectations in Kentucky legislation.
Individual student data, for tested students only, is provided for school and district use. The data are confidential and must be used in a manner consistent with the district’s confidentiality rules and the FERPA expectation that students’ privacy is protected. Districts and schools should handle the data provided August 4 like all other student level information used in the school and district during the school year.
Accountability reporting is generated by the Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA). The August 4 release does not reflect accountability. KDE does not provide state data or school/district summary data with the August 4 release. OAA cautions that self-generated summary reports from data files with only tested students will not match the 100-day accountability data and will not be accurate. Also, data will likely change during the data review period in August. Should your district generate summaries of your results, KDE strongly encourages you to place a local embargo on this self-generated data similar to the embargo KDE uses. KDE embargoed data are limited to school and district leadership including Building Assessment Coordinators (BACs). Embargoed data must not be discussed in public meetings or with media outlets.
If you have questions about the data release, please contact Rhonda Sims, Director, Division of Support and Research at 502-564-4394, ext. 4751 or by e-mail at
Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
We will resume the superintendents’ webcast with a broadcast on August 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Topics will include how to provide accountability model feedback, the national dropout conference, intervention tab, Superintendents’ Summit, Superintendents’ Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and the new District Finance Report Card.
If you are unable to participate in the live broadcast, we will send out a link afterwards for you to access a recording of the webcast. The PowerPoint for and link to the webcast will be sent to you next week prior to the broadcast.
Registration for the September 11, 2014 Superintendents’ Summit
KDE is holding the 2014 Superintendents’ Summit on September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET in the Ballroom of the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The topics will include Unbridled Learning/Assessment, Best Practices/Strategies and the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.
The summit is only for superintendents and it is critical that each of you attend and have the opportunity to provide input on these important topics. However, if a conflict exists that you cannot change, a designee can represent you. I really hope to see all of you at this face-to-face summit.
A small block of rooms has been reserved if you need to spend the night in order to attend. These are listed under Kentucky Department of Education Superintendents’ Summit at a special rate of $83 plus tax. You can call the Capital Plaza Hotel at (502) 227-5100 if you need to reserve a room. It is located at 405 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort, KY.
To register for this summit please click here. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tommy Floyd via e-mail at or by phone at (502) 564-3141.
AdvancED – KDE Diagnostic Review Evaluator (Team Member) Application (Attachment)
The Kentucky Department of Education and AdvancED Kentucky invite school and district administrators to join the Diagnostic Review Cadre for 2014-2015. This cadre of distinguished school and system educator practitioners supports and helps lead the Diagnostic Review (formerly Leadership Assessment) process in several Kentucky schools and districts for the upcoming school year and beyond. Cadre members serve alongside KDE and AdvancED staff as well as college/university faculty to examine school/system data, leadership, learning conditions, as well as policies, practices, curriculum, and culture that promote student learning.
By using current practitioners to serve in the role of Diagnostic Review Evaluators, we help build statewide leadership capacity to accelerate student performance, enhance school and system effectiveness, and realize our common strategic goals of college and career readiness for every student. 

Diagnostic Review Evaluators will be asked to:
• Participate in one day (6 hours) of training (EILA approved) led by KDE and AdvancED staff
o (2014 Training dates to be determined) 
o All travel expenses for the training, including meals, mileage and lodging, to be reimbursed
o Additional on-line training (1-2 hours) 

• Participate in all aspects of at least one Diagnostic Review per year including:
o Two virtual team meetings (approximately one hour each)  prior to the on-site review
o Examination of documents, diagnostics, etc. in preparation for the on-site review
o Collaboration with other team members to determine findings and communicate results through a written report  
• Diagnostic Reviews are three-day on-site visits (typically Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon)
o Service on Diagnostic Review Team to be EILA-approved professional development
o 2014-15 Diagnostic Reviews scheduled for January-March
o All travel expenses for the Diagnostic Reviews to be reimbursed
I am requesting your assistance in forwarding this information, along with the attached application, to school and system administrators that you feel have potential to serve as Diagnostic Review Evaluators and who you believe would benefit professionally from this experience.
To apply for Diagnostic Review Evaluator, complete the attached application and e-mail it to  no later than October 4, 2013. For assistance, contact Betsy Hehr in the AdvancED Kentucky Office at 1-888-413-3669, ext. 5783.
No College=Low Wages report now available online
Several weeks ago in my blog I previewed a report by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics that reflects the reality that many Kentucky high school students face after getting a high school diploma. The report, No College=Low Wages, is now available here. I would encourage you to read this report as it reinforces the need for our focus on college/career readiness and underscores the importance of preparing all high school graduates to enter postsecondary programs – one-year, two-year, or four-year diploma or certification programs – prepared for credit-bearing work and with the skills necessary to succeed in careers that pay a living wage.
2014-15 Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Schools Certification Form (Attachment)
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that each local education agency (LEA) certify in writing to its state education agency (SEA) that it has no policy that denies participation in constitutionally protected prayer as set forth in the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance. The link for the newly released guidance is
Please sign the attached certification concerning constitutionally protected prayer in public schools. The certification may be submitted in one of three ways:
• Signed electronically by the superintendent and sent via e-mail as an attachment to;
• Printed, signed by the superintendent and faxed to Claude Christian at (502) 564-8149; or
• Printed, signed by the superintendent and mailed to Claude Christian, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), 8th Floor, Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.
The certification must be received at KDE by October 1, 2014. By November 1, 2014, the KDE is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education a list of those LEAs that have not filed the certification. The KDE also must report LEAs for which complaints have been filed with KDE for non-compliance with the guidance.
If you have questions regarding the certification, contact Claude Christian, Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits at (502) 564-3791, ext. 4031.
Upcoming Aug. 6-7 KBE Meeting
Next week is the Kentucky Board of Education’s annual retreat and regular meeting on Aug. 6 and 7. The agendas and materials can be found here. The Aug. 7 session will be webcast but not the Aug. 6 retreat. Access to the Aug. 7 webcast will be found on the KDE website on the main page the day of the meeting.
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jay Simmons, Carlisle County (Picture)
The Carlisle County school district had a very successful year in 2013-14 despite the severe weather that kept us out of school for 19 days.
Carlisle Co. Elementary School has continued to implement the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards in mathematics and English/language arts, and end-of-the- year MAP testing showed that a large percentage of students made or exceeded a year’s growth in both areas. The district continues to implement the new standards at all levels and shows growth districtwide.
One of the things the district is most proud of is the Comet Academy dual credit program. Through the Four Rivers Scholarship Foundation and other local donations, juniors and seniors at Carlisle County High School were able to complete 443 hours of college credit, most at no cost and all at a reduced cost. This number represents more than 90 percent of the senior class receiving at least some college credit. The Four Rivers Scholarship Foundation program also provides college scholarships to students, and is a joint venture which serves students in Fulton Independent, Carlisle County, Fulton County and Hickman County school districts.
The Carlisle County school district has won the KSBA PEAK Award, given by the Kentucky School Boards Association, twice in the past five years for the Four Rivers Scholarship Foundation program and for the PALS program, where at-risk students assist with the district’s preschool; the program has reduced the district dropout rate. The PALS program also has won the Magna Award given by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal.
In the 2014-15 school year, the district will participate in a pilot program to align the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) evaluation process with the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP). All new teachers in the district will participate in a hybrid KTIP/PGES system that will allow the state to combine the programs in the future.
The district will continue to grow successful students and improve its facilities here in Carlisle County in preparation for a bright future for all of our stakeholders.
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “Partnerships are critical” and can be found at:
If you have questions on any of the articles included in this edition of Fast Five, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number found below.
Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Department of Education
Office 502-564-3141
Fax 502-564-5680
Twitter @kycommissioner