October 18 2013

Published: 10/21/2013 2:45 PM

In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

  • Kentucky Employees Health Plan (KEHP) 2014 Information
  • Interventions Custom Tab in Infinite Campus
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year Selected
  • Public Release of Program Review Data Delayed
  • Next Superintendents’ Webcast (Nov. 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)
  • America Achieves
  • Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Steve Butcher, Pulaski County
  • This Week’s Blog: State Assisted/Managed Districts
Fast Five on Friday
(Eight this Week)
 
Kentucky Employees Health Plan (KEHP) 2014 Information – The state Personnel Cabinet has several archived KEHP webinars available on its website that explain the health and wellness benefits of the Kentucky Employees Health Plan for 2014 in great detail.  This information may be of interest to many school district employees and is located at: https://personnel.ky.gov/Pages/KEHP-OE-Webinars.aspx.
 
Interventions Custom Tab in Infinite CampusBeginning in January 2014, schools will be required to enter information on intervention plans for students into Infinite Campus.  The new Intervention Tab, a custom state tab developed by KDE, will collect intervention data for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  The Intervention Tab will collect data on the nature of interventions that students are receiving and the outcomes of those interventions.  The data that will be requested in this tab include the following:  whether the intervention is provided as a full course or is provided during a more flexible intervention time, the intervention being utilized (i.e., a particular transitional curriculum, a vendor product, a teacher-designed intervention lesson, etc.), the duration of the intervention (i.e., daily, bi-weekly, etc.), and the number of hours the student received the intervention, etc.  Training will be forthcoming to aid schools as they prepare for using this tab within Infinite Campus.
 
Both the College and Career Readiness Delivery Plan and the Proficiency Delivery Plan have an emphasis on a system of interventions for schools to best meet the needs of all students.  Targeted Transitional Interventions, for grades 8-12, are designed to help students meet college readiness standards. Appropriately planned transitional interventions will help more students reach college readiness benchmarks, increasing CCR rates.  704 KAR 3:305 outlines requirements for transitional courses/interventions for all students who do not meet statewide college readiness benchmarks. KRS 158.6459 outlines legislative requirements for EPAS related interventions.
 
The Kentucky System of Interventions (KSI)/ Response to Interventions (RtI), for P-12, are designed to address the academic and behavioral needs of all students.  Well-designed, appropriately delivered intervention services will help more students meet proficiency goals initially and college and career readiness benchmarks in the long haul.  Intervention requirements for K-3 are defined in KRS 158.305 and 703 KAR 3:095.  Intervention requirements for grades 3-8 are defined in KRS 158.6453.
 
Questions on the intervention tab design can be directed to April Pieper at april.pieper@education.ky.gov or Nick Easter at nick.easter@education.ky.gov.
 
2014 Teacher of the Year Selected – It was an honor to participate in this week’s ceremony announcing the selection of Kentucky’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Holly Bloodworth, a 3rd grade teacher from Murray Elementary in the Murray Independent School District.  Congratulations to Holly!
 
Also, congratulations to Melanie Trowel, a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County, who was named the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Joanna Howerton Stevens, a mathematics teacher at Lincoln County High School in the Lincoln County School District, who was named the 2014 High School Teacher of the Year.
 
See the press release for more details about these deserving teachers at the following link:  http://education.ky.gov/comm/news/Documents/R13-103%20TOY%202014.pdf.
 
Public Release of Program Review Data Delayed – Yesterday, KDE notified superintendents and district assessment coordinators via e-mail that the public release of Program Review Data is being delayed due to the discovery of a coding problem in the Practical Living/Career Studies Program Review spreadsheet.  Time is being allowed for district assessment coordinators (DACs) and other local staff to thoroughly review the data through October 24. 
 
KDE asks that DACs communicate any Program Review data concerns or issues by e-mail to Rhonda Sims (rhonda.sims@education.ky.gov) by close of business (5:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, October 24.  As always, we appreciate the partnership of DACs and local school officials to ensure data accuracy.
 
Beginning Friday, October 25, KDE staff will implement any necessary data changes, regenerate the Program Review data spreadsheets, and revise the Program Review Briefing Packet. 
 
Tentatively, a press release and public posting of the Program Review data on KDE’s Open House is now expected near the end of October.
 
Even with the slowdown of the public release of Program Review data, KDE anticipates combining the Next-Generation Learners and Program Review data in November to create a combined overall score. This will allow KDE to identify the overall combined score associated with the 70th, 90th and 95th percentiles.  Schoo ls and districts will receive an overall score combining Next-Generation Learners at 77% and Program Reviews at 23%, and their individual Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) goal for 2014.  KDE will provide more information on the timeline and the details of the data delivery to districts in November. 
 
If you have questions about this reviswed Program Review data process, please e-mail Rhonda Sims at rhonda.sims@education.ky.gov.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast – The next superintendents’ webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET.  Please put this on your calendars. 
The topics for this webcast will be budget update, the Growth component of the assessment system, the National Institute of School Leadership, the superintendent’s role in the Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, and update on the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Steering Committee/ASSIST tools for superintendent effectiveness.
 
As always, we will record the webcast and provide a link to the recording for those who cannot participate live.  If you have other topics you would like to see covered, e-mail them to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov.
 
America Achieves – I encourage educators to check out some new tools from America Achieves at:   http://www.americaachieves.org/.  New tools that are available include a teacher to teacher Common Core website, examples of high schools in the U.S. that are global leaders, and videos of top notch principals.
 
Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Steve Butcher, Pulaski County (Picture Attached)
Under the leadership of Superintendent Steve Butcher, the second year of Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) testing results has the Pulaski County school district continuing to make its mark statewide. After an impressive top ten percent ranking last year, the district moved to the top seven percent of districts this year. This earned Pulaski County Schools a distinguished district designation for the second year in a row, the highest level under Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability System.
 
Pulaski County’s two high schools, Southwestern High and Pulaski County High, paced the district by placing in the top three percent of high schools in the state and are designated distinguished schools. Both schools also posted high graduation rates (90.7 percent compared to the state average of 86.1 percent) and earned high college- and career-readiness points (84 points with bonus compared to the state average of 60.7 points with bonus).
 
Pulaski County excels by addressing the learning needs of all students at all levels. The district was nationally recognized by the AP College Board as an Honor Roll District for having high participation and pass rates in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework as well as having all AP instructors certified by the AP College Board in respective content areas. Pulaski County, in collaboration with the University of Louisville, also serves as one of only three state sites for the Kentucky Autism Training Cadre. Pulaski County’s innovative technology solutions, such as interactive classrooms, SMART technology, and access to support blogs, wikis and submission of online homework also contribute to the district’s success. Pulaski County’s technology infrastructure provides equitable access and unique learning opportunities to a diverse population of students as well as provides crucial technology solutions that allow efficient analysis of data in order for teachers to differentiate instruction for students.
 
This Week’s Blog: State Assisted/Managed Districts – At the October Kentucky Board of Education meeting, the board took action to make Robertson County a state-assisted district.  This week, we have concluded our management audit of the Fleming County School District and my recommendation for Fleming County to the KBE will be to declare the district as state-assisted.
 
Recently, Breathitt County and Monticello Independent became state-managed districts.  KDE has experienced some legal challenges regarding Breathitt County, and this week’s blog, titled “Breathitt Co. schools improving under state management,” helps explain the why, what, how, and results from our first year of state management in Breathitt County.  Please click on the following link to access the blog:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2013/10/breathitt-co-schools-improving-under.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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