October 11 2013

Published: 10/15/2013 1:01 PM
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In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
  • Results of interactive survey from the Oct. 2 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
  • Link to materials for and recording of the Oct. 8 KBE meeting
  • Clarification from KHSAA on post-game handshake issue
  • Update on districts adopting a policy to raise the compulsory school age to 18
  • Superintendent Spotlight featuring Kim Harrison, Graves County
  • Commissioner’s blog this week
 
Fast Five on Friday
(Six this Week)
 
Results of interactive survey from the Oct. 2 Superintendents’ WebcastAttached are the results of the interactive survey from the Oct. 2 Superintendents’ Webcast.  The topics were follow-up to the Sept. 5th Superintendents’ Summit, assessment results, resources for superintendents in using ASSIST to upload the Superintendent Evaluation Report, Professional Growth and Effectiveness System update, and CSIP/CDIP due dates and resources.  Thank you for your feedback that will help to shape KDE’s work.
 
Link to materials for and recording of the Oct. 8 KBE meeting - The Kentucky Board of Education met this week on Oct. 7 and 8. On the evening of Oct. 7, the board discussed my self-evaluation that I submitted to them in advance and then on Oct. 8, they publicly shared a summary of their discussion with me verbally as part of their regular meeting. At the December KBE meeting, the board will issue and approve the official written form of my evaluation, and I will respond with my goals for next year for them to consider.
 
Highlights of the meeting on Oct. 8 included approval of a resolution declaring Oct. 20-26 as Safe Schools Week, a presentation on the progress we have made in the strategic plan, an update on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, approval of the KBE/KDE budget priorities and submission of the budget to the Governor’s office, review of the 2014 legislative agenda and approval to put the Robertson County School District under state assistance.
 
The link to the agenda and materials can be found here. A link to the recording of the meeting can be found here.
 
Clarification from KHSAA on post-game handshake issue – KHSAA has now clarified that the post-game handshake has not been banned.  The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) has not been presented with any regulatory changes from the KHSAA that affect post-game rituals such as the handshake.  The Commissioner and the KBE support a safe environment for all children and is confident that local school officials will appropriately supervise post game rituals, including the important post-game handshake, to insure that good sportsmanship is the outcome of all interscholastic athletic contests.  Please see the following clarification on the KHSAA website on this issue at this link:  http://khsaa.org/100913-commissioner-issues-clarification-about-postgame-activity/.
 
Update on districts adopting a policy to raise the compulsory school age to 18 – The number of districts adopting a policy to raise the compulsory school age to 18 is now 132!  I am very proud of the courage superintendents and local boards have shown in taking this action.
Districts that have adopted such a policy since August 8 when the ‘Blitz to 96’ celebration was held at the Capitol are:  Walton-Verona Independent, Middlesboro Independent, Todd County, Hickman County, Fleming County, Gallatin County, Ohio County, Paintsville Independent, Ashland Independent, Allen County, Raceland-Worthington Independent and Calloway County.  Congratulations to the superintendents and local board members in these districts!
 
Superintendent Spotlight featuring Kim Harrison, Graves County (Picture Attached) – The Graves County School District consistently ranked in the top 7.5 percent in Kentucky academics on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System from 2004 through its conclusion in 2011. The district has ranked as “Proficient” under the new Unbridled Learning accountability system in 2012 and 2013.
 
In recent years, several individual Graves County schools have received national honors for their academic achievements. Sedalia Elementary School (2010) and Farmington Elementary School (2007) were named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Graves County High School has been honored annually for years by U.S. News & World Report, currently with Silver Status, and is a three-time National Pacesetter School. In addition, Standard & Poor’s has recognized Graves County as an academic outperformer, far surpassing expectations. The Graves County School District has provided a tremendous “Bang for the Buck,” according to the conservative watchdog Bluegrass Institute.
 
In the Graves County Schools, we have a set of five beliefs that influence everything we do. They address the roles of faculty and staff, schools and the community, but the essence of our beliefs is that it’s all about student learning. We believe students are our county’s most precious resource and their education is our greatest investment. Educating children and youth is both a tremendous responsibility and a wonderful honor.
 
Commissioner’s blog this week – My blog this week is titled “Teachers speak out on Common Core Standards”.  You can access it at the following link: http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/10/teachers-speak-out-on-common-core.html.
 
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
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