January 31 2014

Published: 3/31/2014 11:51 AM

In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

• PGES Student Voice Survey (Video Series Support)
• Updated Information on Where to Send Complaints on Propane Supply Issues (New hotline phone number; Attachment))
• Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines
• Letter Withdrawing Kentucky from the PARCC Consortium (Attachment)
• Legislative Activity for Week of January 27 – 31, 2014
• KBE meeting on Feb. 5th
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Owens Saylor, Daviess County
• Commissioner’s Blog

Fast Five on Friday
(Eight This Week) 
PGES Student Voice Survey (Video Series Support) – A video series on aspects of the Student Voice Survey is available to assist teachers and leaders as they prepare for the survey window on March 19 – April 2. The videos provide an overview of the most critical aspects of the Student Voice Survey process.    Each video is available as an individual support for specific audiences at the district or school level.
The videos in the series are:
• Why Student Voice
• Student Voice Toolkit
• Critical Actions
• 3 – 12 Administration
• Accessing the Results
• Using Student Voice Results
Detailed information on planning, preparing and administering the survey is included in the Student Voice Guidance document located in the Student Voice Survey Toolkit.
Updated Information on Where to Send Complaints on Propane Supply Issues – I received new contact information on where to send complaints on propane supply issues. The Attorney General’s Office sent me the following:
The Attorney General has established a hotline where you can refer calls regarding propane supply issues. The Propane Supply Complaint Hotline is 1-866-592-2556.  However, there are constraints on all propane marketers, so we would encourage school managers and superintendents to call their regular propane supplier first, before contacting our office.  Complaints may also be e-mailed to us at rateintervention@ag.ky.gov.
for the convenience of the superintendents (if any) served by UPG is a copy of the Restraining Order issued by the Franklin Circuit Court, which should permit schools served by UPG to be released to secure their propane from any supplier with available supply and transport equipment.
Based on the poll conducted by Ron Willhite, it appears that the few school systems that still rely on propane are in good shape for the immediate future.  We can address other supply issues if the cold weather and national propane supply issues continue.
Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines – The Kentucky Department of Education Digital Learning team has designed the Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines as guidance for schools, districts, and digital providers when selecting or creating developmentally appropriate digital learning resources for instruction, as well as online and blended learning courses in Kentucky schools.  The digital guidelines can be accessed on the Digital Learning website.  If you have additional questions contact Darlene Combs at darlene.combs@education.ky.gov.
Letter Withdrawing Kentucky from the PARCC Consortium – The attached letter from Governor Beshear, KBE Chair Roger Marcum and I has been sent to Mitchell Chester, Chair of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium.  The letter indicates Kentucky’s withdrawal from the consortium and provides specific reasons for this action.
Legislative Activity for Week of January 27 – 31, 2014 –  Below is a summary of this week’s legislative activity:

Budget Bill
HB 235 is the budget bill.  The entire executive branch budget proposal can be found on the State Budget Director’s website:
The following bills passed the House of Representatives:
HB 98 (Rep. Damron) permits student self-treatment of diabetes symptoms in school settings.  The committee substitute deleted emergency administration requirements and the requirement to maintain an additional trained school employee to be on duty.
HB 154 (Rep. Denham) specifies annual training requirements for school board members and superintendents.  It also requires a certification process and training requirements for school finance officers.
The following bills passed the Senate:
SB 16 (Sen. Givens) allows computer programming language courses to be accepted as meeting foreign language requirements in the public schools.
SB 55 (Sen. Givens) prohibits the withholding of support education excellence in Kentucky funds as a punitive measure.
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee will meet on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.
HB 211 (Rep. Adkins) confirms Executive Order 2013-518, which reorganizes various offices in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
HB 212 (Rep. Adkins) confirms Executive Orders 2013-389 and 2013-853, which reorganize various offices in the Department of Education.
HJR 48 (Rep. Graham) is a joint resolution directing the Office of the Secretary of State to study civic education and engagement in the commonwealth and requires a report to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2014.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee will meet on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 171.
SB 87 (Sen. Humphries) permits high school seniors, beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, and high school juniors and seniors, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, to use their KEES awards to pay for dual credit courses.
Next Week
Agendas have not been released for next week. 
Please check the LRC website for updated daily calendars: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislative_calendar/index.aspx.
Also, for the most up to date information on committee membership, please go to the LRC’s main page: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/home.htm.
If you have any questions, please contact legislative liaison, Tracy Goff Herman at tracy.herman@education.ky.gov  or (502) 564-4474, ext. 4815.
KBE meeting on Feb. 5th – The next meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education will occur on Feb. 5th. Highlights of the meeting include review of the new regulation on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, an update on the performance of Priority Schools, review of the K-Screener data, approval of Cohort 2 of the Districts of Distinction, and recognition of the Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award winners and the Districts of Distinction.
The agenda and materials for the meeting can be found here.
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Owens Saylor, Daviess County (Attached) –  
Owens Saylor is in his second year as superintendent of the Daviess County school district.  His leadership has been marked by a major commitment to setting clearly defined goals and demonstrating visibility and direct involvement as an instructional leader at all levels.   From this involvement, in 2012, the Daviess County Board of Education approved a performance structure titled “Great Expectations,” establishing ambitious academic goals and comprehensive college- and career-readiness (CCR) supports for the 11,000 students enrolled in the district. 
Academically, “Great Expectations” goals were a driving force in the district earning Distinguished (92nd percentile) status on 2013 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) results, with 14 of 17 Daviess County schools earning Proficient or higher, including all three district middle schools performing at the Distinguished level.
“Great Expectations” also sets the course for CCR supports for all students.  At the high school level, the district’s full-time college- and career-readiness coaches are providing comprehensive intervention and career guidance supports.  Elementary guidance counselors are leading efforts to fill “expectation gaps” for students coming from homes where college is not the expected norm.  During the current 2013-14 school year, more than 4,000 Daviess County elementary school students will visit a college campus and all 5th-grade students will sign commitment cards declaring they are going to college or are going to be ready to obtain and hold a “family sustainable career.”  These cards will be returned to them during their junior year of high school to remind them of that commitment.  
Most importantly, Daviess County is experiencing renewed energy and focus around the core beliefs of “All means ALL,” and that every student deserves a world-class education, delivered by top-flight teachers and passionate, dynamic leaders who care deeply about their future. 
Commissioner’s Blog – This week’s blog is titled “Footing the bill for dual credit courses.”  It can be accessed at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/01/footing-bill-for-dual-credit-courses.html.
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
E-mail Terry.Holliday@education.ky.gov
Twitter @kycommissioner
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