March 14 2014

Published: 2/24/2015 4:04 PM
​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Resources and Timeline
  • Senate Education Meeting on SB 224
  • Kentucky Board of Education Meets on April 8 and 9
  • Announcing Four Kentucky Center Academies for Arts Integration in July 2014
  • Poll for Superintendents on the World Language Program Review (Superintendents only asked complete this by March 19)
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast March 28
  • Superintendents’ Summit
  • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sean Horne, Russell Independent
  • Commissioner’s Blog
  • Legislative Update, Week of March 10, 2014
Fast Five on Friday
(Ten this Week)
Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Resources and Timeline
The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) regulation will be presented to Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) on March 25th. The revised proposed regulation will be distributed after the LSAC meeting. Many suggestions provided by practitioners throughout the Commonwealth have initiated changes in the regulation and guidance documents. Today we are glad to provide resources around the development of Student Growth Goals. The foundation of a quality student growth goal is identifying enduring skills/learning, concepts and processes. These resources are designed to assist districts and schools in the process of developing quality student growth goals. Student growth goal resources can be found on our PGES website at:
Certified Evaluation Plan Submission
As districts’ 50/50 committees work to develop their Certified Evaluation Plan (CEP), there have been several questions around guidance and the submission process.  The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released the Working on the Work (WOW) document allowing districts to conduct a self-assessment on each of the assurances that require a district decision and need to be addressed in the local CEP. This tool will help districts inform the local board of education on specific changes and can be found on the PGES website at: Board members also may use this tool to assess the quality of the assurances. A flowchart that illustrates the submission process is also provided to illustrate the process for submission. Collectively, these tools will help districts develop their CEP and gain approval in time for PGES to be used for personnel decisions.
If a district wishes to go full PGES for the 2014-15 school year, submissions of CEPs need to occur in May. This is NOT a “gotcha”.  We plan to coach those who are attempting to submit and be leaders in this process. Documents that have been created should assist you in submitting a good plan and KDE staff will help you make it great. If you make a substantive change in your 2013-14 plan to provide for use of components of PGES as part of your evaluation for the 2014-15 school year, those plans need to be submitted this spring in order to be able to begin the school year with teachers being aware of the changes for evaluation. For those who will run a dual system for 2014-15, the CEP that you have for 2013-14 can apply for evaluation for 2014-15. Your plan for 2015-16, which will be for your PGES full implementation, is due in December of 2014.
Support for PGES Implementation
Any district seeking additional guidance and support can access the following resources:
• The PGES website, located on the KDE website provides a variety of tools, research, and guidance for districts to access for successful implementation.
• In CIITS-PD360, a variety of videos and resources can be accessed for improving practice and providing guidance on specific strategies.
• Specific questions can be e-mailed to
• PGES Consultants are available for each education cooperative region. The list of regional consultants can be found in the table below.

Consultant                      Cooperative       Consultant                  Cooperative
Dennis Bledsoe                 WKEC                  Mike Cassady               CKEC
Amanda Abell                   GRREC                 Charles Rutledge          KEDC
Ron Hurley                       GRREC                 Jennifer Carroll            KVEC
Greg Smith                       SESC                   Abbie Combs               KVEC
Brenda Hammons              SESC                   Tracey Harris               OVEC
Norma Thurman                OVEC                   Jenny Ray                   NKEC
Upcoming Important Dates
  • CEP Regional Training Complete
  • Student Growth-Module 1
  • Enduring Skills/Understandings for all Content Areas
  • Think and Plan Tool for Student Growth Development
  • Principal's Guide Student Growth Goal Development
  • CEP Submission Flow Chart and Guidance Document



LSAC Review of the Revised Proposed PGES Regulation

  • Proposed PGES Regulation Posted
  • Student Growth-Module 2-Establishing Baseline Data


Board Work Session: Student Growth


  • Kentucky Board of Education Meeting - 2nd Reading of PGES Regulation
  • Provide Pilot expectations for school districts


Student Growth - Module 3

Senate Education Meeting on SB 224
Yesterday, the Senate Education Committee met to take testimony and have a discussion on SB 224, which would, if passed, do away with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and our assessment system. The opposition movement to the standards had three of their “experts” testify via electronic means and brought in a number of their supporters to sit in the audience. Kentucky education partners pulled together and presented a united front with Stephanie Winkler, President of the Kentucky Education Association; David Adkisson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and me testifying in support of the standards and our Unbridled Learning System.  Attached is a copy of my testimony to the committee. Additionally, representatives of all of the major education groups and agencies, including the Kentucky Board of Education, were present.

I was extremely proud of the way that the testimony represented the education community and advocated for not doing away with four years of hard work and the professional development completed by educators.  The fact that it would cost at least $35 million to redo the standards and that doing way with them would be a waste of taxpayers’ money was a major point that I made.
I am sincerely grateful to all of the education partners that rallied together and stood up for what is educationally sound for the students of our state. Thanks also to those of you who made phone calls and/or sent e-mails to your legislators on this issue. 
The bill was just discussed with no action taken yesterday.  We will keep you posted on the status of this bill.
Kentucky Board of Education Meets on April 8 and 9
The next meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education will occur on April 8 and 9 in Frankfort.  Both days will be webcast.  April 8 will be a study session from 1 to 5 p.m. ET with the topics of student growth measures and assessment issues.  On April 9, the meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. ET and several topics of interest are on the agenda including:  approval of the new regulation on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (704 KAR 3:370) and repeal of the current regulation on certified evaluation (704 KAR 3:345), an update on the Response to the ESEA Part B Monitoring Report and the ESEA Wavier Extension Submission, a status report on the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, a presentation on the First Lady’s Substance Abuse Initiative and update on Coordinated School Health Work, approval of indirect cost rates for school districts, approval of amendments to the KHSAA regulation (702 KAR 7:065) and recognition of the Districts of Distinction and Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award winners.
You will be able to access the agenda and online materials for the meeting by March 27.  If you have questions, contact Mary Ann Miller (  or Susan Palmer (

Announcing Four Kentucky Center Academies for Arts Integration in July 2014
The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and KET, will present four Kentucky Center Academies for Arts Integration for teachers in July 2014:

July 7-11
Frankfort: Academy for Integration of the Arts, Social Studies, and Creative Writing, with an arts-integrated field trip to the Governor’s Mansion, which celebrates its Centennial this year.  The faculty are Judy Sizemore, Roger Thomas, and Jane Dewey.
Murray: Arts Academy (Music, Dance, and Visual Arts) with Jennifer Rose and Alfredo Escobar.

July 14-18
Manchester (Clay County): Academy for Integration of the Arts & World Languages (French, Spanish, and German).  Faculty to be announced at a later time.
July 25-August 1
Bowling Green: Academy for Integration of the Arts & World Languages (Mandarin Chinese).  Faculty to be announced at a later time.
All four Academies will take place on Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Teachers are expected to attend all five days.  Each Academy will accept up to 30 teachers. Teams of two teachers (one arts teacher and one non-arts teacher) are encouraged to apply.  We will try to serve as many districts as we can, so it is unlikely that more than two teachers per school will be selected.  All teachers applying must be certified full-time teachers in Kentucky public schools, except for World Language teachers (who must teach in Kentucky schools, public or private). Only Arts Teachers may apply for more than one Academy. 
Teachers attending the Academies will receive hands-on, standards-aligned training and a $500 stipend ($100 per day). Teachers may elect to receive PD credit as approved by their districts (6 hours per day) instead of stipends for some of these days. We do not have funding to cover transportation or lodging. 
Applications must be submitted electronically by April 11, 2014.  For further information and the online application, please go to:
For additional questions, please contact Jeffrey Jamner at (e-mail preferred) or 502-566-5203 (e-mail preferred).
Poll for Superintendents on the World Language Program Review
This is just a reminder for superintendents to make sure they complete the poll on the World Language Program Review by March 19.  We ask that superintendents only take time to give us their feedback on this item by taking the short survey found at the following link:
Thanks for your assistance on this matter.
Next Superintendents’ Webcast March 28
The next superintendents’ webcast will occur on March 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. ET. Please place this on your calendars. Topics will be announced soon.
Superintendents’ Summit
Since last year’s Superintendents’ Summit was tremendously helpful in providing feedback and direction to the department and superintendents expressed support for continuation of this type of meeting, we are scheduling the second one for September 11, 2014, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. As with last time, this meeting is for local district superintendents only.
As we did last year, we will have a follow-up meeting for representatives of education constituent groups the following day on September 12 in the afternoon to share the content of the summit as well as initial feedback from the meeting.
Please place September 11 on your calendars. More details will be provided as we get closer to the event.
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sean Horne, Russell Independent (Attached)
From enhanced scholastic opportunities to a diverse array of sports teams and student clubs, in the Russell Independent school district, ALL students are encouraged to take risks and step outside of their comfort zone to stretch their academic, athletic, and personal identities.  Russell Independent is revered for its achievements throughout the years, but the district also continues to look for new ways to improve and expand opportunities for students and never stops striving for and maintaining excellence.
This past year, Russell Independent earned the honor of “District of Distinction” by the Kentucky Department of Education. The district takes great pride in its programs, students, and faculty and staff, and always strives to be the best, both inside and outside of the classroom.
All of Russell Independent’s schools offer an advanced curriculum that begins in the primary grades and continues on to graduation from high school. This very rigorous curriculum helps ensure that students are prepared for college.
Exciting and innovative auxiliary programs and activities are offered throughout the district to encourage character building, teamwork and leadership.  In addition, continued collaboration with Morehead State University, Ashland Community and Technical College and other local higher education institutions provide valuable postsecondary opportunities, in addition to a wide range of Advanced Placement courses taught by Russell Independent teachers.
Student safety is another area of importance for the district.  Over the past several years, many upgrades have been made to district facilities, with input from state and local agencies, to meet the increasing standard of safety and security.
In the Russell Independent school district, the motto is “It’s About Kids!”
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “In support of educators and the core academic standards”.  It can be accessed at the following link:
Legislative Update, Week of March 10, 2014
The following represents legislative activity for the week of March 10, 2014.  If you have questions, contact Tracy Herman at or call her at (502) 564-4474, ext. 4815.
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 House released its version of the budget this week.  Below, KDE’s Office of Administration and Support has summarized key items and how the Governor’s proposed budget compares with the House’s budget passed on March 13, 2014:
EK• The Governor’s request provided an additional $71 million in FY 2015 and $118 million in FY 2016 and requires that school districts implement mandatory pay increases of 2% in FY 2015 and an additional 1% in FY 2016.  
• The House version continues this.
• The Governor’s request provided for $50 million in bond funding for instructional devices.
• The House version continues this.
Additional ESS Funding
• The Governor’s request provided for an additional $12.2 million for ESS funding.
• The House version continues this.
Additional Preschool Funding
• The Governor’s request provided for an additional $18 million for preschool expansion from 150% to 160% poverty.
• The House version provides approximately $13 million.
Additional PD Funding
• The Governor’s request provided for an additional $6.5 million for professional development funding.
• The House version continues this.
Additional Textbook Funding
• The Governor’s request provided for an additional $21.7 million for textbook funding.
• The House version provides for an additional 16.7 million and changes Textbooks to “Instructional Resources.”
Additional Safe Schools Funding
• The Governor’s request provided for an additional $6.2 million for safe schools funding.
• The House version continues this.
Flexible Focus Funding Language
• The House version adds language giving local school districts some flexibility to use Flexible Focus Funds for general operating expenses and places reporting requirements on this use.
Advance Kentucky
• The Governor’s request provides $800,000 for AdvanceKentucky.
• The House version continues this.
College and Career Readiness
• The House version includes $250,000 in Fiscal Year 2015 for the Regional Collaborative Career Academy.
Read to Achieve (RTA)
• The House version reduces funding from $17,899,000 to $16,999,000 ($900,000).  The amount of coal severance revenue from Local Government for RTA was also proportionately reduced from $3,000,000 to $2,100,000 ($900,000).
Salary Supplements for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
• The House version includes $1,000,000 in funding for this item.
Save the Children Rural Literacy
• The House version reduces this by $500,000 in each year of the biennium.
State Agency Children Program
• The House version increases funding by $500,000 in each year of the biennium.

House Education Committee
The following bills passed out of the committee:
HB 113 (Rep. Short) would permit public schools to be closed the second Monday in November in observance of Veterans Day.
HB 410 (Rep. Stacy) provides a waiver of up to 10 instructional days for schools who have missed days during the 2013-2014 school year.  The bill contains an emergency clause.
HB 455 (Rep. Graham) requires the chief state school officer to prepare estimates for school district fund allotment and establish an incremental schedule for fund disbursement, allotment revisions, and equalization.
Senate Education Committee
The following bills passed out of the committee:
SB 193 (Sen. Higdon) ensures tuition charged to a student who is allowed to enroll in a primary school program before meeting the age requirement is the same as the tuition charged to a student who meets the age requirement.  The bill clarifies that students enrolled before meeting the age requirement are required to be included in the school's average daily attendance for purposes of SEEK funding.
HB 211 (Rep. Adkins) confirms Executive Order 2013-518, which reorganizes various offices in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  A committee substitute was adopted, but then the original bill was recommitted to the full Senate Education Committee for consideration next week.
The following bill was for discussion only:

SB 224 (Sen. Schickel) prohibits the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Ed
Education from implementing the English language arts and mathematics academic content standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative and the science academic content standards developed by the Next Generation Science Standards Initiative.
Next Week
The House Education Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and also at the regularly scheduled meeting time on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 171.
Please check the LRC website for updated daily calendars:
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