June 14 2013

Published: 6/14/2013 1:24 PM
In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
Ø Reminder of Process to Apply for Grants Related to Implementation of SB 97 on Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age from 16 to 18
Ø June 10 Presentation to the Interim Joint Committee on Education by KDE
Ø Article on Restraint and Seclusion in KASA’s Magazine
Ø June 19 Superintendents’ Webcast Cancelled
Ø David Adkisson, Guest Blogger, for Commissioner’s Blog
Fast Five on Friday
Five Items
 
Reminder of Process to Apply for Grants Related to Implementation of SB 97 on Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age from 16 to 18 – Since we continue to receive questions regarding the implementation of SB 97 raising the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, and the process on how to apply for a grant, the process and timelines to be used to adopt the local board’s policy and apply for the $10,000 grant are found below.
 
The following steps should be followed for districts interested in applying for planning grants:

Step 1 – Local board policies cannot be acted upon by the local board before June 25, 2013.
Step 2 – Districts will receive an invitation from AdvancEd for the ASSIST portion of this process on June 26, 2013, specifying the following:
·       Districts will be required to “sign off” on assurances for implementation through ASSIST.
·       A copy of the new district policy with appropriate signatures and local board minutes showing the adoption will be uploaded into ASSIST.
·       Assurances and uploads cannot be made until after receiving the AdvancEd invitation.
 
Step 3 – Superintendents will send an e-mail confirming the upload and requesting the $10,000 grant funds to SB97@education.ky.gov. The e-mail must indicate that Steps 1 and 2 have been completed.
Step 4 – KDE will review the policy and assurances for certification in accordance with SB 97, Section 1 (b) 4.
Step 5 – After July 1, 2013, KDE, on a weekly basis, will notify districts that will receive the $10,000 grant.
 
Please note that while the policies cannot be passed until after “the first moment” of June 25, uploading of these policies into ASSIST cannot occur until the invitation to the districts is received from AdvancEd on June 26.  The time release of the invitation by ASSIST will not be known prior to its release.  Once the district has uploaded the required documents into ASSIST, the e-mail verification referenced in Step 3 may be sent to SB97@education.ky.gov for KDE review.

Questions on this process can be directed to Tom Edgett, Kentucky Department of Education, Branch Manager, Alternatives for Learning, Division of Student Success, via e-mail at Thomas.Edgett@education.ky.gov or by telephone at (502) 564-4772, Ext. 4518.
June 10 Presentation to the Interim Joint Committee on Education by KDE – On Monday, KDE staff appeared before the Interim Joint Committee on Education to address the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS), Next Generation Science Standards, TELL Kentucky Survey, End-of Course Assessments and Constructed Response items. Dr. Lee Todd, past president of the University of Kentucky, and three classroom teachers began our presentation and established the need for and strong implementation of the KCAS.  Associate Commissioners Ken Draut and Felicia Smith covered the remainder of the topics.
 
The presentation was well received and we will be giving the same presentation to the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee next week.  Dick Innes of the Bluegrass Institute and two parents spoke against the KCAS.
 
The PowerPoint that was used during KDE’s portion of the presentation can be found by clicking here (first item at the top of the page).
 
Article on Restraint and Seclusion in KASA’s Magazine – The feature article in the most recent issue of KASA’s Kentucky School Leader magazine focuses on restraint and seclusion and is written by David Wickersham, KDE Assistant General Counsel.  You may review it by clicking on the following link:   http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/KYST/KYST0113/index.php?startid=12.
 
June 19 Superintendents’ Webcast Cancelled – Due to being in conflict with many of you traveling to the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents’ (KASS) upcoming conference, KDE is going to cancel the June 19 superintendents’ webcast and schedule the next one for late July before school starts.  If there are items in the interim that must be communicated, KDE will be at the KASA and KASS conferences this summer and we can also communicate through the Fast Five and Monday E-mail.
 
David Adkisson, Guest Blogger, for Commissioner’s Blog – I am hosting David Adkisson, Director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, as my guest blogger this week.  Adkisson’s topic is Leading the Way on Common Core Standards and focuses on the strong support of the business community for the Common Core.  You can find it at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/06/kentucky-business-supports-common-core.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
Twitter @kycommissioner