May 10 2013

Published: 5/13/2013 11:30 AM
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In this edition of Revised Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • Adoption of Policy for Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age to 18 and Grant
  • Application/Certifications Document (Attachment)
  • Fact Sheet About Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards (Attachment)
  • Commissioner’s Blog About the Common Core Academic Standards
  • PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast May 15
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on May 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Results of the Interactive Survey from the April 29 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment
  • Twitter Town Hall May 15
 
Fast Five on Friday
(Seven this Week)
 
Adoption of Policy for Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age to 18 and Grant Application/Certifications Document - As you are aware, the Kentucky General Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 97 (SB 97), which gives local boards of education the authority to adopt policies that raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18. Those policies would then take effect beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. At the April meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education passed a resolution encouraging local boards to adopt the policy as early as June 25, 2013 (the effective date of SB 97). Following the adoption of this resolution by the Kentucky Board of Education, I communicated to all superintendents that there would be monetary planning grants available to qualifying districts that choose to adopt this policy during the 2013-2014 year. The awarded grants will total $10,000 each and will be disbursed to the approved districts after July 1, 2013 to the extent funding is available.
 
Please see the attached Raising Compulsory Attendance Age Grant Application and Certifications document that must be completed which clearly outlines the adoption process for local boards and includes the certifications necessary for compliance with the requirements of SB 97 and award of funding.  Additionally, please remember that districts should not finally adopt a compulsory attendance age policy prior to June 25, 2013 since the law does not take effect until June 25, 2013. If your district has already given final adoption to a policy under SB 97, we recommend that you re-ratify that decision on or after June 25, 2013.

All superintendents will receive a formal invitation from AdvancEd on June 26, 2013 asking them to upload into ASSIST a signed copy of the attached grant application/certifications document, the approved policy and board minutes showing its adoption. Please reference the guidance below concerning the procedure for next steps.

June 25, 2013  - Local Policy Adoption May Begin
June 26, 2013 - AdvancEd Sends Invitation to Superintendents to Upload into ASSIST Grant
                        Application/Certifications Document, Approved Policy and Board Minutes 
                        showing adoption
 
Following ASSIST Upload - Superintendent  Sends E-mail  Confirming the Upload and Requesting Funds to: SB97@education.ky.gov
 
July 3 and each Wednesday thereafter until all funding is allocated - KDE Reviews and Notifies District of Grant Award Status
 
I encourage and challenge each of you to adopt this policy raising the compulsory attendance age to 18 within your local district, as these efforts are a critical component of ensuring that each and every student in Kentucky graduates both college- and career-ready. Then, make sure you upload the required documents into ASSIST and forward the confirmation e-mail. Best wishes for a successful remainder of your academic year.
 
Questions on this process can be directed to Tom Edgett, Kentucky Department of Education, Branch Manager, Alternatives for Learning, Division of Student Success, (502) 564-4772 Ext. 4518 or via e-mail at thomas.edgett@education.ky.gov.
 
Fact Sheet About Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards – Due to the misinformation that is being distributed both nationally and within the state, KDE has developed a fact sheet with the actual facts about the development, adoption and implementation of the common core standards.  It is attached for your review and you are welcome to distribute it among your staff and community to help address any questions that you receive on this topic.
 
Commissioner’s Blog About the Common Core Academic Standards – This week’s blog is a continuation piece on the Common Core Standards that reviews how the Kentucky Board of Education adopted the standards as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and how test items were developed that measure student performance against the standards.  You can access it at the following link:
http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/05/common-core-part-ii.html.
 
PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast May 15 - A webcast is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET for those who will be coordinating district participation in the 2013-14 statewide pilot of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).  The webcast will include information on how to register teachers and principals who will be participating from the officially designated school in a district as well as other schools, principals and teachers who will be taking part. Districts will need to log in to a web-based data collection tool to provide information for the pilot so instructions given during the webcast and future e-mails will be vital.  The webcast can be accessed at the following link: PGES Statewide Pilot Webcast. A recording of the webcast will be archived and available on the PGES webpage a day after the live event.
 
Please contact Cathy White at cathy.white@education.ky.gov with any questions.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast on May 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET – Please place on your calendars the date for the next superintendents’ webcast as May 31, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.  One of the topics to be presented is maximizing the flexibility offered by Kentucky’s ESEA waiver.  If you have other topics to suggest that you would like to have addressed, please e-mail maryann.miller@education.ky.gov .
 
As always, we will record the session for those who cannot watch it live and the materials and link for the webcast will be forwarded to you closer to time for the actual broadcast.
 
Results of the Interactive Survey from the April 29 Superintendents’ Webcast Attached are the results of the interactive survey that many of you took as part of the April 29 superintendents’ webcast that focused on the superintendents’ effectiveness system and the principal professional growth and effectiveness system.  Thank you to those that took the survey.  This data assists KDE in shaping its work on these topics.
 
Twitter Town Hall May 15 - I invite all teachers, administrators, district staff, parents, students and other education stakeholders to submit questions for my upcoming Twitter Town Hall this Wednesday, May 15 from 4-5 p.m. ET. Questions can be tweeted both before May 15 and during the live event. Use the hash tag #AskDocH to send me questions.
 
If you don’t have a Twitter account and would like to sign up for one, visit www.twitter.com . It’s a free service and also offers apps for smartphones if you’d rather follow along off of a traditional computer desktop or laptop.
 
I look forward to answering your questions May 15.
 
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 http://www.twitter.com/kycomissioner 
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kydeptofed