June 7 2013

Published: 6/10/2013 11:14 AM

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

  • CCSSO’s Preliminary Analysis of Bill to Reauthorize ESEA from U.S. Senate HELP Committee Democrats (Attachment)
  • New Report on Achievement Gap Released (Attachment)
  • Interactive Survey Report from the May 31 Superintendents’ Webcast Available (Attachment)
  • Commissioner’s Blog Analyzes Kentucky’s Performance on Diplomas Count
  • Kentucky Board of Education June 5 Meeting Highlights
Fast Five on Friday
(Five Items)
 
CCSSO’s Preliminary Analysis of Bill to Reauthorize ESEA from U.S. Senate HELP Committee Democrats – This week I received the attached preliminary analysis of the bill introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  It is a proposal from the Senate HELP Committee Democrats.  The document provides a summary of key elements of the bill along with the Council of Chief State School Officer’s (CCSSO's) preliminary analysis of its main features.
 
New Report on Achievement Gap Released – This week Education Sector released a study of student achievement during the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era.  The research identifies Kentucky as one of the most rapidly improving states—in the top ten. It also comments favorably on some of our practices, as expressed in our ESEA waiver application.  The study is attached for your review.
 
Interactive Survey Report from the May 31 Superintendents’ Webcast AvailableAttached is a report from the interactive survey that was given during the May 31 Superintendents’ Webcast with the topics of maximizing flexibility from the ESEA waiver, end-of-course testing update and Kentucky Core Academic Standards update.  Thank you to those who participated in the survey because this informal data gives us feedback that helps to shape our work.
Please put on your calendars the date of June 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ET for the next superintendents’ webcast.  If you have topics you would like to see covered, e-mail those to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov.
 
Commissioner’s Blog Analyzes Kentucky’s Performance on Diplomas Count - We received good news this week from the release of the annual Diplomas Count study by Education Week. The Diplomas Count project is an effort by the Editorial Projects in Education that publishes Education Week and is an ongoing study of high school graduation issues.
 
See my blog this week for analysis of the study results at:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/06/good-news-on-graduation-rate-challenges.html
  
Kentucky Board of Education June 5 Meeting Highlights - Wednesday’s Kentucky Board of Education meeting had several significant items on the agenda affecting the college and career ready agenda. The Next-Generation Science Standards were unanimously approved and four Districts of Innovation were named. Additionally, the board approved a resolution reaffirming its support of Senate Bill 1 (2009) and the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. The 2013 TELL Kentucky Survey results were also made public. You can access a recording of the board meeting by clicking here and find the agenda and materials by clicking here.
 
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