March 7 2014

Published: 3/7/2014 4:54 PM
In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

• 2014 ACT Testing and Inclement Weather
• FY14 Project Lead the Way RFAs (Deadline extended)
• 2013-2014 Final SEEK Calculation
• Release of REL AP Kentucky Report
• Interactive Survey Results From the February 24 Superintendents’ Webcast
• Next Superintendents’ Webcast March 28
• Superintendents’ Summit
• Best Practices Website Now Even Better
• Guidance on Completion of Superintendent Evaluation Report
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Terry Hayes, Pineville Independent
• Commissioner’s Blog
• Legislative Update, Week of March 3, 2014
Fast Five on Friday
(Twelve this Week)
 
2014 ACT Testing and Inclement Weather
Originally, ACT testing was scheduled statewide for March 4 (initial) and March 18 (make-up). A few districts were in session on Tuesday, March 4 and were able to test. March 18 is the only make-up day for students who were absent in districts that tested on March 4.
 
However, the majority of districts were out of session on March 4 due to inclement weather. Districts that were closed on the original test date will use March 18 as their initial test day. April 15 will be the new make-up date for students absent in districts using March 18 as the initial test day.
 
Testing for students with accommodations remains March 4-18. 
 
Please contact Jennifer Stafford with any questions at Jennifer.stafford@education.ky.gov or 502.564.2256.
 
FY14 Project Lead the Way RFAs – Submission Deadline Extended
Biomedical Sciences, Energy Technology, and Engineering Pipeline RFAs can be found on the KDE Competitive Grants page.
 
The deadline for applications has been extended to 4:00 pm (EDT), Thursday, March 13, 2014.
 
2013-2014 Final SEEK Calculation
The 2013-2014 Final SEEK Calculation has been calculated and is available on the SEEK website. Data required to calculate January Growth is not yet available; however, the statute requires Final SEEK to be posted March 1. Final SEEK will be updated with January Growth when the calculations have been completed.
 
The 2013-2014 Final SEEK Calculation includes second month growth and the 2013-2014 Transportation Calculation.
 
If you have questions, please contact Chay Ritter (ext. 4453), Renee Thomas (ext. 4454), or Sarah Aitken (ext. 4412) at (502) 564-3846.
 
Release of REL AP Kentucky Report
This week, REL Appalachia released a study that should be of interest to all superintendents. The study looked at 11th grade students who did not reach ACT benchmarks and tracked the students to 12th grade to see how many students took senior level transition courses and how many students passed the transition courses paving the way to college-ready status. The full report can be found at the following link:   http://1.usa.gov/1bKb9c3.
 
Check out my blog this week to find out more about the study and what KDE will be doing in 2014-15 to track senior year interventions for students who do not meet ACT benchmarks.
 
Interactive Survey Results from the Feb. 24 Superintendents’ Webcast
Attached are the results from the interactive survey that was administered as part of the Feb. 24 superintendents’ webcast. Thanks to all those that participated and please know that your feedback is very helpful in shaping the department’s work.
 
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.
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Best Practices Website Now Even Better
Are you baffled about what you can do to improve student learning, achievement or district operations? The Kentucky Department of Education’s Best Practices website may hold the answer. It is designed as a clearinghouse for best and promising practices that motivate, engage, and provide measurable results in student learning, achievement and school/district processes – any aspect of a school system that can impact student outcomes through improved instruction or operations.  
 
A recent redesign has resulted in a Best Practices website that is easier to use and navigate.  A more thorough search tool now allows users to set multiple parameters to search for and locate a practice that may be of benefit. Best practices are categorized based on the Kentucky AdvancED Standards:

• purpose and direction
• governance and leadership
• teaching and assessing for learning
• resources and support systems
• using results for continuous improvement
A more user-friendly application makes it easy to submit a best practice for consideration and simply doing so could make your best practice even better! A panel of subject matter experts will review and, based on a rubric, score each submission, and offer suggestions on how to strengthen it. Feedback will be provided to applicants via e-mail. Accepted best practices will be added to the website. KDE periodically recognizes and celebrates successful applicants for their submissions.
 
So, whether you are submitting a best practice or searching for one, be sure to take advantage of this powerful tool.
 
Guidance on Completion of Superintendent Evaluation Report
Please visit the link found below for guidance on the completion of your Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST for the spring semester of 2014. Through a video, KDE's Ginger Kinnard provides a narrative to help you make any updates to your report. Viewing this video should greatly simplify your completion of uploads and edits. It is intended to be a time saver for superintendents as they revisit the required topics with their local boards and then prepare and submit the report.
 
One of the components, budget and support, will likely require you to have the results of the work of the General Assembly from the current session. With this in mind, please remember that the report can be completed any time prior to June 30, 2014.
 
As always, feel free to contact Tommy Floyd at tommy.floyd@education.ky.gov or Ginger Kinnard at ginger.kinnard@education.ky.gov after you view the video.
 
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Terry Hayes, Pineville Independent (Picture Attached)
The Pineville Independent school district provides a positive and rigorous learning environment that contributes to the comprehensive development of all students. Through a collaborative effort, the district and community utilize all available resources to enable all students to become college- and career-ready.
The P-12 emphasis on college- and career-readiness has now been seen in assessment results. All schools in the district made gains on the 2013 Kentucky Performance Rating for Education (K-PREP) assessment, with the middle school moving from the 50th percentile to the 87th percentile. Schools at every level focus on individual needs with interventions and enrichment opportunities. The district also partners with Eastern Kentucky University for improving mathematics at all levels.
 
Pineville Independent challenges students by increasing the opportunities available. The district has increased the number of Advanced Placement offerings three-fold in the last year and continues to offer seniors (and some advanced juniors) the opportunity to attend classes at Southeast Community and Technical College with transportation provided.
 
The Pineville Independent school district has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) technology policy for the upper grades. Upon completing the Digital Driver’s License requirements, students are allowed to use their own devices at school. 
 
Pineville Elementary School is proud to be an official “Leader in Me” school, which is a whole-school transformation model based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. All faculty and staff support this endeavor so students are equipped with “greatness” and the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Each month, the superintendent meets with the Student Superintendent Advisory Council to gather feedback from students on how Pineville Independent can continue to be a productive learning community.
 
Pineville Independent continues its proud tradition of excellence in numerous extracurricular and co-curricular programs. These programs contribute to a positive environment with opportunities for all students since they are able to attend all regular season extracurricular activities at no charge.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “Using intervention strategies to boost student success”. It can be accessed at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/03/using-intervention-strategies-to-boost.html.
 
Legislative Update, Week of March 3, 2014
The following represents legislative activity for the week of March 3, 2014;
 
Budget Bill
HB 235 is the budget bill.  The entire executive branch budget proposal can be found on the State Budget Director’s website: http://www.osbd.ky.gov/.
 
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee did not meet this week and is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.
 
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee did not meet this week and is scheduled to meet next Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 171.
 
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.
 
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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