November 15 2013

Published: 2/25/2015 1:04 PM

​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
• Update on KBE/KDE Budget Request for FY 15 and FY 16
• Teacher Survey on Common Core (will send to teachers today)
• Results of Interactive Survey from the Nov. 6 Superintendents’ Webcast
• Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Dec. 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
• KET’s Education Matters Features Education Triumphing Over Poverty
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Ron Livingood, Grant County
• Commissioner’s Blog

 Fast Five on Friday
(Seven this Week)
Update on KBE/KDE Budget Request for FY 15 and FY 16 – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recently submitted the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE)/KDE budget request for FY 15 and FY 16 to the Governor’s Office for further consideration. The Governor will be reviewing all state agency budget requests before submitting the Executive Branch Budget request to the General Assembly in January.
The KBE/KDE budget request maintains current K-12 funding levels and also asks for additional funding for certain key priorities. These priorities focus on providing the maximum benefit and most flexibility to school districts across the state. A copy of these priorities, as approved by the KBE in October, is attached. If these priorities are ultimately funded by the General Assembly in the upcoming legislative session, they would help restore K-12 education funding to FY 2008-09 levels. However, we also recognize that under the current General Fund revenue structure, there is probably inadequate funding available to fully restore these items. Accordingly, it may be necessary to consider additional revenue sources to make such priorities a reality. See the Commissioner’s blogs from 8/23/13, 9/13/13, and 11/1/13 at for additional information on this subject. We will continue to provide any significant updates as the budget process moves forward.
Teacher Survey on Common Core (will send to teachers today) – As you may be aware, several states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards and/or Next-Generation Science Standards have encountered some pushback from the legislature in their states. We anticipate in January when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes, we may see similar efforts despite the fact that Senate Bill 1 (2009) mandated new standards. Naysayers in Kentucky and elsewhere have already begun a campaign to have the standards overturned. The Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education maintain their support of these college/career-ready standards and feel as if an effort to back away from them would be detrimental to our teachers, our students and our public education system. So, we are seeking feedback from teachers and will be sending a short survey (attached) to all teachers today, Friday, Nov. 15. A similar national survey showed overwhelming support of the standards.
We would ask you to encourage your teachers to fill out the survey when they receive it so that we may show the overwhelming support we believe educators have for the standards and the impact they are having on students in the classroom.
Results of Interactive Survey from the Nov. 6 Superintendents’ Webcast – Attached are the results of the interactive survey that was given as part of the Nov. 6 superintendents’ webcast. Thanks to those of you who provided input through the survey. KDE values your feedback to help us shape our work.
Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Dec. 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET – The next superintendents’ webcast is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. Please put this on your calendars. KSBIT is one of the topics to be covered and Commissioner Clark from the Department of Insurance will be joining me on the broadcast.
If you have a topic that you would like us to address, please e-mail it to
KET’s Education Matters Features Education Triumphing Over Poverty –As part of a continuing series on poverty in Kentucky, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will co-host a special edition of Education Matters this Monday, Nov. 18 at 8/7 p.m. on KET that examines the impact of poverty on school performance.
I encourage you to watch this show that will help to dispel the myth that children in poverty are never going to perform at high levels.
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Ron Livingood, Grant County (Picture Attached) –
The Grant County school district has embraced “College and Career Readiness” for all with the emphasis starting in preschool and permeating every level through graduation and beyond.
The new Grant County Schools Career and Technology Center, a $10 million dollar facility built adjacent to the district’s only high school, allows students seamless access to eleven career tracks, from Project Lead the Way’s Bio-Med and Pre-Engineering programs, to Mechatronics, Welding, Information Technology, Auto Tech and more. Currently, 800 of Grant County High School’s 1100 students take at least one class in the Career and Technology Center (CTC). In just two years of operation, students in CTC programs have earned 263 industry-level certifications in areas including Information Technology, childcare, welding, and as medical assistants, EKG and pharmacy technicians.
Connecting students, interests, skills and certifications to real needs in the business world has been a top priority of the district. This focus, together with the close proximity of Grant County to Gateway Community and Technical College and major industrial centers in Boone and Scott Counties, has generated a number of meaningful partnerships that translate into real opportunities for Grant County’s students, both pre- and post-graduation.
The P-12 emphasis on college- and career-readiness can now be seen in assessment results. All six schools made significant gains on the 2013 Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress (K-PREP) assessment, with Grant County High School receiving a Proficient rating. Schools at every level are focused on identifying and meeting individual needs with intervention and enrichment opportunities.
Outside the classroom, Grant County continues its proud tradition of excellence in extra- and co-curricular programs such as the Grant County Marching Band and its Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC). Programs such as these, plus 17 varsity sports, clubs and honor organizations contribute to a positive environment with opportunities for all students.
Commissioner’s Blog – My blog this week is titled “High School Feedback Reports”.  You can access it at
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