Fast Five on Friday

Published: 2/24/2015 1:45 PM

 
 
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  • June 26 2015

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Results of District Decisions on Use of EDS in 2015-16 (Attachment)
    • KDE Seeking Feedback on Revised Draft Social Studies Standards
    • Next Kentucky Board of Education Meeting on August 5-6
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Tim Bobrowski, Owsley County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • June 19 2015

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • At-Large Member Sought for KSB Advisory Board
    • Final FAFSA Data
    • Commissioner’s Position Posted
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight
    • Commissioner’s Blog (will return next Friday)

  • June 12 2015

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    •    Reminder of EDS Notification from Superintendents Due to KDE June 15 (Action Requested)
    •    Update on Commissioner’s Search
    •    Summer Learning Camp Notification Due by June 19
    •    Guidance for SB 97 Communication
    •    Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Alan Reed, Adair County
    •    Commissioner’s Blog
  • June 5 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Reminder of EDS Notification from Superintendents Due to KDE June 15 (Action Requested)
    • SREB’s College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference, July 13-15
    • Continuous Improvement Summit, September 21-22
    • PGES4Me: In Focus Together Simulcast (Registration Available)
    • Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bullying Prevention Online Training Available July 15
    • Link to Recording of the June 2-3 Kentucky Board of Education Meeting
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight – Larry Coldiron, Raceland-Worthington Independent
    (Note correction: In the superintendent’s spotlight on Breckinridge Co. that ran May 22, a key word was left out. In the latest state assessments, the district ranked in the top 11th percentile, not the 11th percentile as previously indicated. We apologize for the error.
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • May 29 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bullying Prevention Online Training Available July 15
    • Kentucky Safe Schools and Communities Conference on June 15-16
    • PGES4Me: In Focus Together Simulcast
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • May 22 2015

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • World Language/Global Competency Program Review Survey
    • CCR for Students Participating in Alternate Assessment
    • Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – Time to Enter Local Data!
    • Opportunity to Provide Input on the KBE’s Working Draft of the Characteristics
    for the Next Commissioner
    • KET Program on Monday Focuses on Early Literacy
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • May 15 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Embargoed Release of TELL Kentucky Data for Schools and Districts
    • Opportunity to Provide Input on the KBE’s Working Draft of the Characteristics for the Next Commissioner
    • PGES4Me: In Focus Together
    • GRREC PGES Summit 2015
    • National Academy Foundation (NAF) College and Career Readiness Initiative
    • FAFSA Completion Data
    • Behavior Institute – Still Time to Register
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Marganna Stanley, Henderson County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • May 8 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Many Standards/Content Area Webpages Have Moved (Attachment)
    • Interactive Survey Results from the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Reminder to Superintendents to Complete Survey on CIITS (Deadline May 15, Close of Business)
    • Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Review
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Carl Potter, Elliott County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • May 1 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Link to Recording of and PowerPoint for the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Register for the Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit
    • Final Complete Legislative Summary (Attachment)
    • Increasing Engagement to Close Achievement Gaps: Digital Symposium 2015
    • PGES4Me: In Focus Together Simulcast
    • PGES4Me: In Focus Together Commercial Contest
    • Activating Teacher Leadership Institute
    • PGES Toolkit Free to Districts
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • April 24 2015

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Request for Principals to Complete Survey on Arts Education Programs (Deadline April 30)
    • Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review (Also will be sent to teachers today)
    • Re-designed Academy for Integration of Arts and Literacy (Deadline to Apply May 8)
    • Non-traditional Instructional Program (Deadline to apply May 1 for newly participating districts and May 15 for currently participating districts)
    • April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast (Will include important information on the future of CIITS and how you can provide feedback on this issue)
    • CIITS Usage Reports Now Available (Need to review your district’s data prior to April 30 Superintendent’s Webcast)
    New Links to Motivational Videos from UK Basketball Players
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Terri Cox-Cruey, Kenton County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • April 17 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Proposed Social Studies Standards for the Next Generation Now Available for Further Review (includes link to standards and timeline for extended review and approval process)
    • CIITS Usage Reports Now Available
    • Spanish Language Teachers Available – Critical Shortage Area
    • U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit Louisville
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30
    • 2015 Superintendents’ Summit
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Boyd Randolph, Somerset Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • April 10 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Prichard Committee Report on Early Childhood Collaboration
    • Behavior Institute 2015
    • TELL Kentucky Survey Participation
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast April 30
    • 2015 Superintendents’ Summit
    • Updated FAFSA completion numbers for Kentucky high school seniors
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Randall Christopher, Estill County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • April 3 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Retirement Announced (Attachment)
    • Guidance for Districts on Electronic Cigarettes
    • Update on TELL Survey
    • Effectively Using Staff Make-up Days: Let’s TALK Conference
    • Non-Traditional Instructional Program
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Tony Sergent, Letcher County
    • Commissioner’s Blog (Features why this week’s approval of the four-year ESEA waiver by USED is important)
  • March 27 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • 2015 TELL Kentucky Survey Open Through March 31 – ACTION REQUESTED
    • Revised High School Feedback Reports Are Available for Review – ACTION REQUIRED
    • Interactive Survey Report from the March 19 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.ET
    • KBE Meeting April 1
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Deatrah Barnett, Morgan County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • March 20 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • PowerPoint for Gathering Feedback on CIITS (Last Attachment) - ACTION REQUESTED
    • Link to Recording of Yesterday’s Superintendents’ Webcast (Second Attachment)
    • School-Based Certified Personnel Encouraged to TELL Kentucky
    • Updated Responses from the Superintendents’ Summit (First Attachment)
    • U.S. Department of Education Guidance and Resources on Measles (Third Attachment)
    • Increasing Engagement to Close Achievement Gaps: Digital Symposium 2015
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Trent Lovett, Marshall County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Activity for Week of March 16
  • March 13 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Request for Additional SEEK and Response from State Budget Director
    • Increasing Engagement to Close Achievement Gaps: Digital Symposium 2015
    • 2015 Kentucky Center Arts Integration Academies for June and July; DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 17th
    • Survey on Annual District Determinations Under IDEA
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on March 19, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Nannette Johnston, Hardin County
  • March 6 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Face-to-Face Training on Model 5.0 Certified Evaluation Plan Now Available
    • Legal Update: Local Decisions Regarding Transgender Students and Use of School Facilities
    • Title I, Part A, Reallocations Now Posted
    • KDE to Apply for School Improvement Grant
    • Interactive Survey Report from the February 24 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Grissom Award Nominations Sought – March 12 Deadline (Attachment)
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Marion Sowders, Casey County
  • February 27 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Implementation of SB 200 by the Administrative Office of the Courts
    • Link to Recording of February 24 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Deadline for PGES District Capacity Building Support Series Applications Friday, March 6
    • 2015 TELL Kentucky Survey Preparations
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring D. Sean Howard, Glasgow Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update
  • February 20 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • School Calendar Options Due to Inclement Weather
    • KSB/KSD Transportation Information for Residential Students – Note contact numbers if you have questions; pass on to transportation directors and/or special ed directors, if appropriate.
    • 2015 TELL Kentucky Survey Preparations
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Vicki Jones, East Bernstadt
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update
  • February 13 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Are your students completing the FAFSA?
    • School Districts Finalize Plans for Operation Preparation 2015
    • Updated FAQ on Implementation of SB 97 (Raising the dropout age to 18)
    • KDE Looking for Best Practices
    • #PGES4ME-Save the Date
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Brock Walter, Boyd County
    • Commissioner’s Blog – KDE Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd, Guest Blogger
  • February 6 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Commissioner’s Blog Titled “A Delicate Balancing Act” – Clarifies the challenge that the KBE and KDE have with balancing support and compliance monitoring
    • Link to Recording of and Press Release about the February 4 KBE Meeting
    • KBE Passes Kentucky Rising Resolution
    • PGES District Capacity Building Support Series Application
    • PPGES Video Resource to Assist with using the new site tool in CIITS/EDS – Corrected link to video
    • #PGES4ME Save the Date
    • February 9 Webinar on Increasing the Number of National Board Candidates in Districts
    • Legislative Update, Week of February 2-6, 2015
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring John Millay, Meade County
  • January 30 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Great Celebration Event on SB 97
    • Interactive Survey Report from January 22, 2015, Superintendents’ Webcast
    • SB 200 Implementation
    • FAFSA Season Moves into High Gear
    • PGES4ME-Save the Date
    • February 9 Webinar on Increasing the Number of National Board Candidates in Districts
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Wayne Benningfield, Todd County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • January 23 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Let’s Talk Conference Seeking Proposals to be Presenters – SHARE WITH TEACHERS
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) RFA Posted
    • Input Requested on Four-Year ESEA Waiver Renewal – January 28, 2015 deadline
    • Infinite Campus (IC) Intervention Tab – Second Data Pull Friday, January 30
    • Link to Recording of January 22 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • February 9 Webinar on Increasing the Number of National Board Candidates in Districts
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Marvin Moore, Rowan County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • January 9 2015

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • A Principal Who Goes Above and Beyond
    • Nominations for Exemplary A5/A6 Programs
    • Superintendent Assurances
    • Infinite Campus (IC) Intervention Tab – Second Data Pull Friday, January 30
    Corrected Link for School Board Member Recognition Month Resources
    • Visible Learning Foundation Day
    • Legislative Update
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Lonnie Burgett, Mayfield Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • December 19 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Wishing You Happy Holidays!
    • No More Monday E-mails or Fast Fives Until Week of January 5
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on January 22, 2015
    • Save the Date for KSIS Statewide Training
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Randy Poe, Boone County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • December 12 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • SEEK Shortfall
    • State General Fund Revenue Projections for Current Year
    • Link to Commissioner’s 2014-15 Goals and Evaluation Documents
    • KASS Presentation Now Available Online
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast January 22, 2015
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Yvonne Gilliam, Bell County
    • Commissioner’s Blog - (Addresses questions from KASS and KSBA meetings on SPGES)
     
  • December 5 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • KBE Meeting Highlights
    • KDE Facilities Branch Project Managers Assigned by District to Increase KDE Responsiveness
    • District CEPs Due December 20 (Note deadline!)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on January 22, 2015 (Will focus on 2015 legislation)
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Ronnie Dotson, Carter County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • November 21 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Fall Student Voice Survey Window Extended
    • ESEA Waiver Renewal Process Issued
    • Reminder of December 31 Deadline for Districts to Notify KDE of the System to be Used for Superintendent Evaluation
    • Seeking Feedback on Draft Social Studies and Arts Standards (Please share with teachers and other constituents.)
    • No Superintendents’ Webcast in Nov. and Dec.
    • Paid Research Study Opportunity for Teachers, Principals and District Administrators (Please share with teachers, principals and district administrators.)
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Henry Webb, Floyd County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • November 14 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Professional Development Opportunities from the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Reform (Two flyers attached)
    • Reminder of December 31 Deadline for Districts to Notify KDE of the System to be Used for Superintendent Evaluation
    • Seeking Feedback on Draft Social Studies and Arts Standards
    • CIITS Usage Record in October
    • Career and Technical Education Data to be Released Monday
    • 2015 Let’s TALK Conference
    • Floyd Honored with Education Award
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Travis Hamby, Trigg County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • November 7 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Seeking Feedback on Draft Social Studies and Arts Standards (Attachments – Please share article and attachments with teachers.)
    • Student Voice Fall Window
    • Exceptional Children’s Conference
    • National “Hour of Code” Week (December 8-14) Opportunity for Code.org! (Note deadline to enter a school is Nov. 14)
    • Interactive Survey Results from the October 30 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Alvin Garrison, Covington Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • October 31 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Election Day Reminder
    • Seeking Feedback on Draft Social Studies and Arts Standards (Attachments – Please share article and attachments with teachers.)
    • FAFSA® Completion by Kentucky School Districts (Attachment)
    • Frequently Asked Questions Document on Ebola for Schools from KDPH (Attachment)
    • SPGES Evidence Bank Now Posted
    • 50 Exemplar or Exemplar If Improved Lessons and Units are Now Publicly Available to Educators
    • Nominations for Dr. Samuel Robinson Award; Submission Deadline November 12 (Attachment)
    • Exceptional Children's Conference
    • Link to and PowerPoint for October 30 Superintendent’s Webcast (Attachment)
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Jon Ballard, Elizabethtown Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • October 24 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Superintendents’ Webcast Topics and Change in Time of Day on Oct. 30 – Note change in time to 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Seeking Feedback for Social Studies and Arts Standards
    • Infinite Campus (IC) Intervention Tab – First Data Pull Next Thursday
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Darryl Chittenden, Livingston County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • October 17 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • USED Information on Enterovirus and Ebola
    • State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Yearly Assessments – Released from CCSSO
    • Kentucky Commits to High Quality Assessments
    • Infinite Campus (IC) Intervention Tab – First Data Pull Approaching Oct. 30
    • Educator Development Site (EDS) to be Updated October 20
    • Two Schools Selected as Title I Distinguished Schools
    • Reminder and Clarification on Deadline for Superintendent Assurances in ASSIST
    • Survey on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports – Principals please reply to survey!
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendent’s Spotlight Featuring Mike Deaton, Campbellsville Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • October 10 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Reminder and Clarification on Deadline for Notifying KDE of Choice for SPGES
    • Kentucky Professional Learning Guidance Now Available
    • Kentucky Safe Schools Week, October 19-25
    • Students With Active Role Models (SWARM) – Please share with your teachers!
    • Interactive Survey Results from September 24 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Freddie Bowling, Jenkins Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog: “Making Numbers Real” (featuring the Floyd County School District’s Celebration)
  • October 3 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Reminder on Deadline for Notifying KDE of Choice for SPGES
    • October Declared Bullying Prevention Month and Related Letter from Rep. Rita Smart
    • Infinite Campus Intervention Tab
    • Survey on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
    • Grants to Plan and Promote the Early Graduation Accelerated Pathway with Dual Credit Opportunities
    • Learn and Launch Grant Recipients Named
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 26 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • GEEO Teacher Travel Programs
    • Link to Recording of September 24 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Upcoming KBE Meeting Oct. 6-7
    • Owsley County Accepted into Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Scott Lewis, Ohio County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 19 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on September 24, 9:00 a.m. ET (Revised date and time)
    • Reminder for Superintendents to Complete the Dual Credit Survey (Survey closes today at 5:00 p.m. ET; for superintendents only)
    • Joint Kentucky Department of Education/Kentucky Department of Public Health on Tobacco-Free Schools (Corrected letter attached)
    • Student Voice Webinar on Tuesday
    • Still Time to Register for Rural Education National Forum
    • Webinar Invitation: Join us for “MIC3 Webinar Series – Part III – State Coordination and Communication (From Military Institute Children’s Compact Commission)
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Nick Brake, Owensboro Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 12 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Tentative schedule for assessment and accountability results
    • Kentucky Tech System (KTS) Automation Project
    • Reminder to Register for Continuous Improvement Summit
    • Annual America’s Legislators Back to School Program
    • MSU Craft Academy
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Will Wells, Oldham County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 5 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Final Agenda for the September 11 Superintendents’ Summit
    • Reminder to Register for the Continuous Improvement Summit
    • MSU Craft Academy
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jay Brewer, Dayton Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 29 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Anti-Bullying Resources
    • Remember to Register for the September 11 Superintendents’ Summit
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast Date
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Casey Allen, Ballard County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 22 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Reminder of Superintendents’ Summit and Discussion Starters
    • Clarification on Science Testing in 2015
    • Interactive Survey Report from August 5 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Date for Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Report on PGES Validity and Reliability
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Chrissy Jones, Franklin County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 15 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Discussion Starters for the Upcoming Superintendents’ Summit (Superintendents please complete prior to the summit.)
    • Reminder to Do Customer Service Survey
    • Memo Sent to District Auditors Concerning Results of FY 2012-2013 Audit Review
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Donald Shively, Paducah Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 8 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • PPGES in CIITS (EDS) – Response to question from superintendents’ webcast
    • KSBIT information about the objection process
    • Link to recording of the August 5 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Link to recording of the August 7 Kentucky Board of Education meeting
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kyle Estes, Hancock County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 1 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • First Release of 2014 K-PREP Student Test Data on Monday
    • Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
    • Registration for the September 11, 2014 Superintendents’ Summit
    • AdvancED – KDE Diagnostic Review Evaluator (Team Member) Application (Attachment)
    • No College=Low Wages report now available online
    • 2014-15 Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Schools Certification Form (Attachment)
    • Upcoming Aug. 6-7 KBE Meeting
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jay Simmons, Carlisle County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • July 25 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Reporting requirements for achievement gap due October 1
    • Non-traditional instruction application Q&A
    • PD 360 helps staff meet compliance learning requirements
    • Links to agenda and materials for August KBE meeting
    • Next superintendents’ webcast on August 5
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Charles Proffitt, Cloverport Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • July 18 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Commissioner’s KASA Presentation on Effective Teachers/Leaders
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 5
    • School Report Card to Open for Verification of Non-Testing Information
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sam Sanders, LaRue County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • July 11 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • USED Provides School Counselor Supports
    • Changes to Emergency Plans per SB 8/HB 354; Elements Added to ASSIST (report due Nov. 1)
    • Kentucky FBLA Winners
    • EDS Version 16.0 Released July 8
    • Have you registered for #PGES4Me?
    • 2013-14 Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention (MERR) Report Due on or Before July 31
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 5
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • June 27 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Status of Local District Compulsory Attendance Policies
    • #PGES4ME Update
    • Reminder: Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST Due June 30
    • Upcoming KBE Meeting on August 6-7
    • Assistance with District Approval of Program Reviews in ASSIST
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sam Dick, Caverna Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • June 20 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Assistance with District Approval of Program Reviews in ASSIST
    • Reminder: Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST Due June 30
    • Extension of Deadline for Non-Traditional Instructional Program
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Glen Murphy, Cumberland County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • June 13 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Letter asking for clarification on use of consortia assessment items
    • Schedule for gathering input on possible assessment/accountability changes
    • Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit
    • National Dropout Prevention Conference
    • Non-Traditional Instruction Program goes statewide
    • New guidance for District of Innovation applications
    • Recalibration Webinars for district administrators and principals
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mary Ann Gemmill, Christian County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • June 6 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Links to recording of and materials for June 4 KBE meeting
    • Implementation of World Language Program Review to Begin in High Schools in 2014-15
    • Planning and Professional Development Grants for World Language/Global Competency Programs
    • Other Professionals Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (OPGES) Update
    • Sign up for “#PGES4Me” now in PD Planner
    • Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Requests Link to Survey be Shared with All School District Employees
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kathy Fields, Jessamine County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • May 30 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • ACT ASPIRE Communication Coming from ACT, Inc.
    • Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools II is now available!
    • Important Change for Digital Learning
    • PGES Calibration and Teachscape
    • Save the Date: #PGES4Me July 21
    • #PGES4Me Video
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Paul Mullins, Garrard County
    • Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Requests Link to Survey be Shared with All School District Employees
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • May 23 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • ACT EXPLORE and ACT PLAN in Kentucky
    • Kentucky Education Association (KEA) Requests Link to Survey be Shared with All School District Employees
    • Link to Materials for June 4 KBE Meeting
    • Interim Federal Final Rule Regarding Smart Snacks (4 attachments)
    • Community Eligibility Provision: Is it right for you?
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mike Howard, Harlan County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • May 16 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Upcoming June 4 KBE Meeting
    • Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Due May 19
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jim Frank, Green County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • May 9 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • OCR’s Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance
    • Panelists on Education Matters Discussed PGES
    • State Testing is Ramping Up
    • Digitally Enhanced Instruction, Increasing Engagement to Close Achievement Gaps (Attachment)
    • ACT changes calculator guidelines for Compass tests
    • AdvanceKentucky applications now being accepted
    • Next-Generation Science Standards update
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jerry Green, Pikeville Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • May 2 2014

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Recalibration for Principals for PGES 2014-15
    • 2014 ISLN/KLA Joint Summer Conference
    • PowerPoint for and Link to Recording of the April 30 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • No Superintendents’ Webcast in May
    • Textbook Guidance for 2014-15/2015-16 Textbook Allocation
    • Summer Reading Resources
    • Effectively using staff make-up days: Let’s TALK Conference
    • New Eligibility Requirement for Kentucky State-Funded Preschool: Guidance for School Districts
    • 2014 Regular Session – Summary of Enacted Legislation
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Keith Davis, Bullitt County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • April 25 2014

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

    • Criteria for Early Graduation from High School
    • Reminder of Opportunity to Provide Feedback on KDE’s ESEA Draft Waiver Extension Submission
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Nominations for the Joseph W. Kelly Award Requested
    • Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Social Studies – Writing Team Members Sought
    • New Eligibility Requirements for Preschool
    • Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools Sessions Available
    • Kentucky Board of Education Reviews the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (SPGES)
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Coy Samons, Paintsville Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog  
  • April 11 2014

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • EDS: Summative Evaluation Tool
    • Link to Recording of April 8-9, KBE Meeting
    • Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During March 28 Superintendents Webcast
    • One-Stop-Shop of Resources for 2014-15 PGES Implementation
    • Southern Regional Education Board’s Report on Career and Technical Education in Kentucky
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
    • KBE Reviews the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lewis Carter of Monroe County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
     
  • April 4 2014

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • 2014-16 Budget Update
    • Extension of Submission Date for Program Reviews
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST; Spring 2014 Support and Instructions
    • Superintendents’ Summit
    • Opting out of CCSS and testing is not an option
    • More Resources to Get the Facts Out About the Common Core
    • Effectively Using Staff Make-up Days: Fun with PGES
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lana Fryman, Bourbon County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • March 28 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Update on SB 97 Compliance and Reminder About Purpose of Dropout Grants to the First 96 Adopters
    • KBE April 8-9 Agenda and Meeting Materials Now Available (Discussion on high school testing issues staff note is on April 8 agenda as item IV.)
    • Effectively Using Staff Make-Up Days: PD 360
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jim Palm, Southgate Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of March 24, 2014
  • March 21 2014

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

    • Effectively Using Staff Make-up Days:  Let’s TALK Conference
    • K-3 Program Review Implementation Support Modules Now Available!
    • Professional Growth and Effectiveness System FAQ Document
    • Updated Important Due Dates For Superintendents Document Posted
    • i3 Grant Announcement - Real Priority & Blog Post
    • Topics for Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kelly Sprinkles, Knox County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of March 17, 2014
  • March 14 2014

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Resources and Timeline
    • Senate Education Meeting on SB 224
    • Kentucky Board of Education Meets on April 8 and 9
    • Announcing Four Kentucky Center Academies for Arts Integration in July 2014
    • Poll for Superintendents on the World Language Program Review (Superintendents only asked complete this by March 19)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast March 28
    • Superintendents’ Summit
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Sean Horne, Russell Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of March 10, 2014
  • March 7 2014

    ​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
  • February 28 2014

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five, you will find articles on the following:  
    • College/career-readiness
    • Districts of Innovation, Assessments and Accountability
    • World Language Program Review
    • SREB Report on Career and Technical Education
    • Link to Recording of and PowerPoint for the Feb. 24 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Another district raises compulsory school attendance age
    • Legislative Update, Week of February 24, 2014
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Charlotte Bernard, Clinton County
  • February 21 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Economic Development Resource and Reminder of World Language Program Review Timeline
    • Approved Federal Teacher Shortage Areas
    • Kentucky Green Ribbon School Award Winners
    • Kentucky County Profiles 2014-15 Now Available
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast Feb. 24, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lisa McCane, Augusta Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of February 17, 2014

  • February 14 2014

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Number of Districts Complying with SB 97 Increases to 142 (Attachment)
    • School Calendar Guidelines
    • Request to Complete One-Minute Survey on School Safety Topics Districts Would Find Useful
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast Scheduled for February 24, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Reminder on Steps to Complete for the Superintendent Evaluation Report for ASSIST during Spring Semester 2014
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Scott Howard, Butler County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of February 10, 2014 (Attachment)
     
  • February 7 2014

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Grand Lodge of Kentucky Supporting Participation in Operation Preparation Again This Year (Attachments)
    • Val-Ed 360° Spring Administration for PPGES; New Scheduling Option Offered
    • Highlights from the Feb. 5 KBE Meeting
    • Use of Kindergarten Readiness Data (Attachment)
    • Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines
    • AP Exams and College Board Update
    • One-Minute Survey on School Safety Topics Districts Would Find Useful
    • Results from Interactive Survey Administered During the January 27 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Jonathan Jett, Perry County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of February 3, 2014 (Attachments)

  • January 31 2014

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • PGES Student Voice Survey (Video Series Support)
    • Updated Information on Where to Send Complaints on Propane Supply Issues (New hotline phone number; Attachment))
    • Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines
    • Letter Withdrawing Kentucky from the PARCC Consortium (Attachment)
    • Legislative Activity for Week of January 27 – 31, 2014
    • KBE meeting on Feb. 5th
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Owens Saylor, Daviess County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • January 24 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • PGES Checklist
    • Superintendents’ Webcast on Monday (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)
    • School Calendar and Weather-Related Closures
    • Governor’s Announcement of Kindergarten Readiness Data
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Tamara Smith, Fulton Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Legislative Update, Week of January 21-24, 2014 (3 attachments)

  • January 17 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Federal appropriations update (2 attachments)
    • Art and Essay Contest Celebrates Governor’s Mansion Centennial (Will be sent to teachers this afternoon)
    • Technical Assistance on CDIPs and CSIPs
    • Letter to PGES Points of Contact (1 attachment)
    • Topics for Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mike Borchers, Ludlow Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • January 10 2014

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Next superintendents’ webcast
    • Legislative calendar and other information
    • Reminder on the Read to Achieve RFA
    • Save the Date for the TALK Conference (Attachment)
    • Dear Colleague Letter on school discipline from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice
    • Preparing for the Student Voice Survey within the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES)
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Barry Anderson, Grayson County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • December 20 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Kentucky Receives $44.3 Million for Early Childhood
    • KVEC Chosen to Receive Race to the Top District Grant
    • Federal Budget Deal Reached
    • Results of Interactive Survey from the Dec. 13 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Operation Preparation Update
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Kenny Bell, Wolfe County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • December 13 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Inquiries about Read to Achieve Grant Application
    • Call for Reviewers for Read to Achieve Grant
    • Budget Letter to Gov. Beshear, Representative Stumbo and Senator Stivers
    • Commissioner’s KASS Presentation and Update on Education Progress Handout
    • Congressional Budget Deal
    • SREB Commission Focuses on Career and Technical Education
    • Dec. 20 CSIP/CDIP Deadline
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Josh Powell, Montgomery County
    • Commissioner’s Blog

  • December 6 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Commissioner’s Evaluation and Goals for 2013-14
    • DACs Begin Quality Control
    • Superintendent Evaluation Report Due in ASSIST Dec. 20
    • PGES Webcasts
    • Reminder of the Dec. 13 Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Links to Recording of the Dec. 4 KBE meeting and its materials
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring David Lester, Pike County
    • This Week’s Commissioner’s Blog
  • November 22 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Intervention Tab in Infinite Campus
    • Program Reviews
    • Superintendent Evaluation Report Due in ASSIST Dec. 20
    • Operation Preparation, March 2014 (Note: Must complete survey found below to indicate intent to participate)
    • KBE December agenda
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Linda Zellich, Hopkins County
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on December 13, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST
    • Commissioner’s Blog
     
  • November 15 2013

    ​​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

  • November 8 2013

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

    • Press release from Public Protection Cabinet on KSBIT
    • Feedback Requested as KDE Prepares Application for Renewal of Kentucky’s ESEA Wavier (Attachment)
    • Office 365 for Education and Lync Online (Note:  Best Practice Quick Reference Guide)
    • Top Ten Districts and Schools with Highest CCR Rates and the Highest One Year’s Growth in CCR Rates
    • Link to Recording of and PowerPoint for the Nov. 6 Superintendents’ Webcast (Attachment)
    • Waiver request to be sent to USED to extend availability of FY 2011 SIG funds for Cohort Two Schools; Feedback Requested by Nov. 14 (Attachment)
    • Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Nancy Waldrop, McCracken County
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Save the Date for the Let’s TALK Conference
  • November 1 2013

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

    • Safe Schools Report Due Today (Check to see if your district has submitted; contact Tom Edgett at thomas.edgett@education.ky.gov if you need any assistance or call him at (502) 564-4772 (office) or (859) 533-7838 (cell)
    • Documentation required by 704 KAR 7:160, The Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion
    • 2013 High School Feedback Report (Opportunity to review report and provide feedback)
    • Moving Forward with Program Review (PR) Data
    • Minority Superintendent Internship Program Accepting Applications
    • Nominations Sought for Dr. Samuel Robinson Award (Attachment)
    • Superintendents’ Webcast on November 6
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Ed McNeel, Corbin Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog for This Week
  • October 25 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Kentucky Selected to Join Network for Transforming Educator Preparation
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast (Nov. 6, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)
    • Data on Home School Students (Attachment)
    • Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Donna Hargens (Attachment)
    • Safe Schools Report Reminder
    • Informational/Training Sessions for Continuous Improvement Planning (Attachment)
    • Redbook Clarification on Cakewalks
    • This Week’s Commissioner’s Blog
  • October 18 2013

    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
  • October 11 2013

    ​​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
  • October 4 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Correction to Misconception on the New Science Standards (no delay in implementation of the new science standards; delay will be the science assessments/use for accountability)
    • Current Status of the Federal Shutdown
    • Important information for public employees on health insurance (KEHP vs. kynect) (Two attachments)
    • Clarification on PGES Goal in ASSIST relative to CDIPs/CSIPs
    • New Webpage and Link to the Resources for the Superintendent Evaluation Report
    • Reminder of Link to the Follow-up Document from the September 5th Superintendents’ Summit
    • Link to Recording of Oct. 2 Superintendents’ Webcast (One attachment)
    • Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Anthony Orr, Nelson County (One attachment)
    • This Week’s Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 27 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Time Magazine Common Core Story
    • Op-Ed from Governor Beshear and Commissioner Holliday on Common Core in  Response to a Previously-Released Lane Report Opinion Piece (Attachment Superintendent ASSIST Tool Resources Coming Soon
    • Watch for September 5th Superintendents’ Summit Question and Answer Document and  Executive Summary in Monday E-mail
    • How to Receive EILA Credit for the Sept. 5th Superintendents’ Summit
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast (Oct. 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ET)
    • Superintendent Spotlight Featuring Steve Gilmore, Ashland Independent
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • September 20 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • PPGES’ Use of VAL-ED 360 – Basic Information (1 attachment)
    • KDE Highlights the “Best Practices” of Schools and Districts
    • Clarification on Gap Data Due in ASSIST by October 1
    • How to Receive EILA Credit for the Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit
    • Thanks to KASS for Support of Superintendents’ Professional Development
    • Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Mike LaFavers, Boyle County (picture attached)
    • Commissioner’s Blog
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
  • September 13 2013

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

    • Redbook 2013 Edition: Frequently Asked Questions Update (1 attachment)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Report from the ARRS Subcommittee Meeting
    • Superintendent Spotlight (Steve Hutton, Beechwood Independent; picture attached
    • Comissioner's Blog
    • Districts of Innovation; Notice of Intent to Apply and LYNC Meeting (Intent due by September 30)
    • Race to the Top-District Applications (Due by September 19)
  • September 6, 2013

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

    • Feedback from yesterday’s Superintendents’ Summit (3 attachments)
    • Talking points on Common Core (4 attachments)
    • Interactive Survey Results from the August 27 Superintendents’ Webcast (1
      A
      ttachment)
    • Reminder to interested local board members to apply to be member of the Local School
         Board Members Advisory Council (Deadline September 24)
    • Superintendent Spotlight: Dr. Lisa James, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools 
         picture attached)
    • KSBIT Update from the Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust Trustees
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • August 30 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Kentucky Teacher Website Down
    • Targeted Transitional Interventions
    • Meeting the Requirements of SB 97; Clarification on Use of Home Schooling Don’t Forget Communication with School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils
    • Districts of Innovation, Round 2
    • New Fast Five Feature: Superintendent Spotlight
    • Commissioner’s Blog This Week
  • August 16 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • How to Access Photos from the Aug. 8 Recognition Ceremony Celebrating SB 97 at the Capitol Rotunda and Link to Recording of Ceremony
    • District Total Adopting SB 97 Policy Goes to 122
    • Website Data Collection on Superintendents’ Contracts and Benefits Information (Note: August 31deadline for submission of superintendent contracts and benefits)
    • Improvement in Access to Online Training for Restraint and Seclusion
    • Reminder to Register for the September 5th Superintendents’ Summit (Note: Registration deadline is Aug. 19.)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 27th
    • Update on Superintendent Evaluation Work
    • Commissioner’s Blog This Week
  • August 9 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following: 
    • Yesterday’s Recognition of Superintendents and Local Board Chairs at SB 97/Blitz to 96 Event (Attachment)
    • Q & A from the July 25th Superintendents’ Webcast and SAC meeting (3 attachments)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on August 27th
    • September 5th Superintendents’ Summit (See article below for how to register by Aug. 19.)
    • Commissioner’s Blog This Week
  • August 2 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • August 8th SB 97 Celebration at the Capitol – (For districts passing a policy raising the compulsory school age to 18 and certifying this in ASSIST)
    • Superintendents’ Summit on September 5 – (Remember to register with Thelma Whiteside)
    • Current Evaluation Training Requirements Update and PGES Principal Certification
    • CIITS poster
    • USED Opens 2013 Race to the Top-District Competition
    • Correction: Clarification on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Implementation Timeline
    • August 7-8 KBE Meeting
    • Results of the Interactive Survey from the July 25th Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • July 26 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Notes from the July 25 Superintendents Advisory Council Meeting (SAC)
    • Link to recording of July 25 Superintendents’ Webcast (PowerPoint attached)
    • PPGES: Registering for ValEd (Follow-up to question asked during July 25 Superintendents’ Webcast)
    • Commissioner’s Comments to this Week’s LRC Appropriations and Revenue Committee Meeting (Attachment)
    • Reminder of Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit (Invitation attached)
    • Save the Date for a SB 97 Celebration at the Capitol (Applies to all districts that have adopted or will adopt a policy raising the compulsory school age to 18 by August 8)Commissioner’s Blog
    • eTranscript Launch – (Note: All districts should be registered by July 31.)
     
  • July 19 2013

    ​​ In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • B 97 Update (See attached map)
    • Save the Date for a SB 97 Celebration at the Capitol
    • Reminder of Sept. 5 Superintendents’ Summit (Invitation attached)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on July 25, 2013 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • July 12 2013

    ​​ In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Process for Districts to Follow in Reporting Adoption of Policy Raising the Compulsory
    • Attendance Age to 18 Since the 96-District Target Has Been Reached – Important Clarification
    • eTranscript Registration (Note July 31 deadline)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on July 25, 2013 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET
    • Hold the Date; Superintendents’ Summit to be Held on September 5, 2013 in Frankfort
    • Release of Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools, a Web-based Option for the Training Required by 704 KAR 7:160, Use of Physical Restraint in Public Schools
    • Letter Sent to Local Board Chairs and Superintendents on Superintendent Evaluation Requirements (Attachment)
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • June 21 2013

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

    • Effect on Kentucky of USED Offering Additional Flexibility to States that have ESEA Waivers
    • SB 8/HB 354 Changes to School Safety Requirements for Schools
    • KDE Presentation to EAARS this Week
    • Raising Compulsory Attendance Age from 16 to 18; Can Apply for Planning Grants Beginning June 26
    • Commissioner’s Blog on NCTQ Report
  • June 14 2013

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

    • Reminder of Process to Apply for Grants Related to Implementation of SB 97 on Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age from 16 to 18
    • June 10 Presentation to the Interim Joint Committee on Education by KDE
    • Article on Restraint and Seclusion in KASA’s Magazine
    • June 19 Superintendents’ Webcast Cancelled
    • David Adkisson, Guest Blogger, for Commissioner’s Blog
  • June 7 2013

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

    • CCSSO’s Preliminary Analysis of Bill to Reauthorize ESEA from U.S. Senate HELP Committee Democrats (Attachment)
    • New Report on Achievement Gap Released (Attachment)
    • Interactive Survey Report from the May 31 Superintendents’ Webcast Available (Attachment)
    • Commissioner’s Blog Analyzes Kentucky’s Performance on Diplomas Count
    • Kentucky Board of Education June 5 Meeting Highlights
  • May 31 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • KDE Applying for Extension of Waiver on Period of Availability for FY 2009 SIG Funds – Feedback requested (Attachment)
    • Letter to Local Board Chairs Regarding Website Data Collection on Superintendents’ Contracts and Benefits Information (Attachment)
    • Next Superintendents Webcast
    • KBE to Meet on June 5
    • Commissioner’s Blog on Global Competition and Summer Reading
  • May 24 2013

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

    •  Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Web-Based Collection Tool
    •     Learning Forward Report: Seizing the Moment
    •     Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    •  Commissioner’s Blog on Work of Kentucky’s Teachers
  • May 10 2013

    ​​ 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
  • May 3 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Commissioner’s blog this week on common core controversy
    • CIITS here to stay
    • 17 districts submit applications for District of Innovation status (Watch for press release later today)
    • Link available to recording of April 29 superintendents’ webcast and materials
    • 2013-2014 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program RFA
  • April 27 2013

     ​ Due to an e-mail outage at KDE on Friday, Fast Five is going out on Saturday.
    • In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Deadline for Districts of Innovation Applications
    • Request for Principals to Complete Competency-Based Learning Survey
    • Two New KBE Members Sworn-in
    • 2013 Legislative Summary Finalized (Attachment)
    • Three Kentucky Schools Among 64 Schools Nationwide Named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast to be Held on April 29
    • Commissioner’s Blog on Valuing Superintendent Input
  • April 19 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Kentucky’s College and Career Readiness Efforts Recognized
    • Statewide Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Bill Signed 
    • The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky Kicks Off
    • Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Board Meeting
    • Note of Appreciation
    • Carryover Waiver (Attachment)
    • Education Department Announces Next Rounds of Race to the Top
    • Teacher Quality Program Budget Update (Attachments)
    • Update on Voice
    • Next Superintendent’s Webcast
    • Commissioner’s Blog
  • April 12 2013

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

    • Disclosure of education records in education neglect cases (Attachment)
    • Restraint and seclusion regulation guidance
    • KBE adopts resolution urging districts to be early adopters of policy to raise the compulsory school attendance age to 18
    • Clarification on adoption of board policies raising the dropout age to 18 and on related grants (Attachment)
    • AP test grant information (Attachment)
    • Highlights from the April 10 Kentucky Board of Education meeting
    • Legislative Summary from the 2013 Legislative Session (Attachment)
    • Next superintendents’ webcast to be held on April 29
    • Commissioner’s Blog on raising the dropout age
  • March 29 2013

    Note: Due to spring break for most districts being next week, there will be no Monday E-mail or Fast Five on Friday for the week of April 1-5. We will resume these two publications the week of April 8-12.
     
    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • TELL Kentucky Survey response exceeds 84 percent; map shows response rate by district (See attached map.)
    • CIITS Educator Development Suite Coming; Webcast April 4
      704 KAR 3:035, Annual professional development plan, on April 10 KBE Agenda
    • Salary Supplement Reimbursement Application for National Board Certified Teachers Due May 1
      School District FY 2013 Financial Audit Contract Information Available
    • Link, Q & A Document and Report from the Interactive Survey for the April 26 Superintendents’ Webcast Available (Attachments)
    • Invite you to Access my Blog this Week on the TELL Kentucky Survey
  • March 22 2013

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

    • TELL Kentucky Survey response to date exceeds 69 percent; map shows response rate by district (See attached map.)
    • Raising the dropout age to 18, SB 97
    • Need to submit "Intent to Adopt Form" on teacher/leader evaluation by March 29
    • Washington, DC meetings occuring this week
    • My blog this week on Work Ready Communities
    • Next superintendents' webcast on March 26
     
  • March 15 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Posting of commissioner’s contract and evaluation documents on the KDE website
    • National Academy Foundation (NAF) College and Career Readiness Initiative
    • Encourage teachers and principals to participate in TELL Kentucky Survey
    • Need to submit Intent to Adopt Form on teacher/leader evaluation by March 29
    • Next superintendents’ webcast on March 26
    • My blog this week summarizing the productive legislative session as related to education
  • March 8 2013

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

    • My Blog this Week
    • Sequestration Information from USDOE (Attachment)
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Encourage Educators to Complete the TELL Kentucky Survey
    • Letter from USDOE on Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Other Forms of Gender-Based Violence (Attachment)
    • Legislative Update
  • February 22 2013

    ​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Update on My Voice Issues
    • Follow-up Letter to KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott With Additional KSBIT Questions
    • Results of Survey on EOC Percents for Use in Final Grade
    • KY K-12 Successfully Transitions to Microsoft Office 365
    • Next Week is the Monthly Superintendents’ Webcast
    • Commissioner’s Blog This Week
    • Legislative Update
  • February 15 2013

    ​​In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Revised “Important Due Dates for Superintendents” Document on KDE Website
    • Guidance on Restraint and Seclusion
    • Commissioner’s Op-Ed Piece
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Feb. 26
    • Commissioner’s Blog Asking Superintendents to Contact Legislators on HB180
    • Information from KTRS on Senate Bill 144
    • Legislative Update
  • February 8 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Response from KSBA to Questions on KSBIT (Two Attachments)
    • Districts of Innovation Notice of Intent to Apply and Update
    • AP/IB Exam Fee Update
    • Arts Survey Participation Requested from K-12 Principals
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Feb. 26
    • Link to Commissioner’s Blog on Testimony Before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee
    • Links to recording of Feb. 6 KBE meeting and its materials
    • Legislative Update
  • February 1 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following: 
    • Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) Letter
    • Letters to Governor Beshear on Budget and Compulsory School Attendance Age 
    • Program Review Content to be in ASSIST Soon
    • Clarification on How the Military is Incorporated into Career Readiness
    • Additional Information on the Change to the Use of Constructed Response in EOC Assessments
    • Draft Legislation on Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning
    • Commissioner’s Blog on Legislative Issues
  • January 25 2013

    In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
    • Persistence to Graduation Tool, 2013 Release Schedule
    • Follow-up from January 24th Superintendents’ Webcast
    • E-Transcripts 2012-13 Pilot
    • Changes to End-Of-Course Assessment
    • Commissioner’s Blog on Progress on the PGES
    • Materials Available from USDOE on ESEA Waiver Flexibility
  • January 18 2013

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

    • Achievement Gap Maps Available to Help in Delivery Planning
    • Commissioner’s Blog Focused on Closing the Gap and ESEA Waiver
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 24 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET; Put on your calendar!)
    • School District Visits Completed
    • Report Completed on Competency-Based Education​
  • January 11 2013

    I hope the return to school has gone smoothly for you, your staff and the students.  Since we have not sent a Fast Five for a few weeks due to the holidays, this week’s has more items than usual.  In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following: 
    • Kentucky Breaks into Top 10 in National Education Ranking
    • JROTC Career Pathway to be Included in the Accountability Model
    • Draft Two of New Science Standards Released for Review and Comment
    • MUNIS Migration Update
    • Fiscal Cliff Update
    • Next Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 24 (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET; Put on your calendar!)
    • Commissioner’s Blog on Key Education Issues

​Archived Messages
This section of the Web site is an archive of the Commissioner's Friday Fast Five messages before December 7, 2012.