January 18 2013

Published: 2/25/2015 4:22 PM

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

  • Achievement Gap Maps Available to Help in Delivery Planning
  • Commissioner’s Blog Focused on Closing the Gap and ESEA Waiver
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 24 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET; Put on your calendar!)
  • School District Visits Completed
  • Report Completed on Competency-Based Education​
Fast Five on Friday

Achievement Gap Maps Available to Help in Delivery Planning - The 2012 Achievement Gap Maps file is now available at http://education.ky.gov/CommOfEd/CDU/Documents/2012%20Gap%20Maps.pdf and includes gap data for all students identified in the non-duplicated gap group as well as for each individual student group: ethnicity/race (African American, Hispanic), special education, poverty (free/reduced-price meals) and limited English proficiency.  Each map presents the 2012 K-PREP average proficiency rates for all students in the non-duplicated gap group at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  These maps are designed to assist you in the delivery planning process and we will discuss this at the upcoming superintendents’ webcast on January 24. 
For more information on a specific school or district’s performance, please visit the 2012 Kentucky School Report Card at http://applications.education.ky.gov/src/ and click on the Delivery Tab.  Additional information on strategies to close the achievement gap and KDE’s other strategic priorities can be found on the Delivery homepage at http://education.ky.gov/CommOfEd/CDU/Pages/default.aspx.
Commissioner’s Blog Focused on Closing the Gap and ESEA Waiver – My blog this week relates to the first article above and discusses the closing of achievement gaps and Kentucky’s ESEA waiver.  Click on the following link to review the blog: http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/01/closing-achievement-gaps-and-nclb-waiver.html.

Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 24 – The next superintendents’ webcast will occur on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET.  Topics for the webcast will be Operation Preparation, delivery planning, legislative update and virtual meetings for superintendents with the commissioner by coop regions.
We will send you the PowerPoint and link to the webcast next week prior to the broadcast.  If you have questions on the broadcast, e-mail Mary Ann Miller at maryann.miller@education.ky.gov.
School District Visits Completed – As you are aware due from the press release this week (found here), I have completed visits to all school districts in the state with the last two trips occurring this week to Green and Hart Counties. I have truly enjoyed being in all areas of the state and seeing the many fine schools that are dedicated to improving student learning. It was a joy meeting the many school and district staff, parents, community folks, local board members and legislators that were a part of these visits. I gathered much useful information from talking to folks on the visits to bring back to KDE in order to improve the way we serve schools and districts.
Thank you for hosting me and for the hard work that occurs by so many people in your districts each day to help Kentucky’s students. I look forward to future trips around the state and continuing our work to jointly ensure that our students graduate college- and career-ready.
Report Completed on Competency-Based Education – In May 2012, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) was awarded a technical assistance grant on “Awarding Credit to Support Student Learning” by the National Governor’s Association (NGA). The purpose of the grant was to provide support for the exploration of educational policies and practices related to the awarding of credit based on competency or mastery of a subject rather than for “seat time.” Per the requirements of the grant, a state leadership team gathered information on competency- based education systems; the specially formed team planned and executed a statewide summit to expand the conversation to a broader audience. The summit was held on October 30, 2012 at a competency-based high school in Scott County. More than 150 participants from K-12 and postsecondary education, the business community and out-of-school programs heard presentations from national experts and local leaders. The report that resulted from this work is now available at:  http://education.ky.gov/school/innov/Pages/Competency-based-Education-.aspx.
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
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