Kentucky Schools http://wkms.org en New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus http://wkms.org/post/new-kentucky-standards-reflect-change-teaching-focus <p></p><p><em>This year Kentucky public school students took tests using the state’s new accountability measure for the first time. “College and Career Readiness” are the keywords tied to education reforms brought about by 2009 legislation. The focus is making the students successful, no matter their path in life. In the 2011-2012 school year, students got the first round of tougher math and reading programs, and test scores released in November show how well they did. While school districts’ scores varied, all have benefited from higher standards. &nbsp; </em></p><p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26201 at http://wkms.org New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus School Dropout Age Among Board of Education Legislative Priorities http://wkms.org/post/school-dropout-age-among-board-education-legislative-priorities <p> The state Board of Education has approved its legislative priorities for the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and among the issues that will go before lawmakers is raising the school dropout age to 18. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:53:17 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 25339 at http://wkms.org School Dropout Age Among Board of Education Legislative Priorities KBE Looking Into School Goal Strategy http://wkms.org/post/kbe-looking-school-goal-strategy <p></p><p>Some Kentucky board of education members are asking if the state's new assessments set goals high enough to lift up low-performing schools. Since test scores were released last month, critics have questioned why low-performing schools only have to move up one point next year to be considered improving. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:17:02 +0000 Shelly Baskin & The Associated Press 25325 at http://wkms.org KBE Looking Into School Goal Strategy Release of State Test Results Could Be Delayed http://wkms.org/post/release-state-test-results-could-be-delayed <p>The results of the state's new tests for public school students could be delayed until November. Board of Education officials had originally said scores would be released sometime late October. The state Department of Education has been telling school districts and members of the public for months to expect the scores from the new K-PREP tests to be lower than the scores have been for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, especially in math and reading. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:33:07 +0000 The Associated Press & Angela Hatton 23007 at http://wkms.org Release of State Test Results Could Be Delayed Schools Say "Race To The Top" Funds Greatly Needed http://wkms.org/post/schools-say-race-top-funds-greatly-needed <p>Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U. S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning. &nbsp;Paducah Independent Schools superintendent Randy Greene says that’s exactly the kind of funding his district needs. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:30:52 +0000 Angela Hatton 21747 at http://wkms.org Schools Say "Race To The Top" Funds Greatly Needed 29 Kentucky School Districts Plan to Apply for Race to the Top funds http://wkms.org/post/29-kentucky-school-districts-plan-apply-race-top-funds <p>Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. Those include three in western Kentucky: Christian County Schools, Paducah Independent Schools and Henderson County Schools. The U. S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts for local-level improvements. Depending on size, winning districts may receive anywhere from $5 million to $40 million each. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:43:54 +0000 Angela Hatton 21686 at http://wkms.org 29 Kentucky School Districts Plan to Apply for Race to the Top funds KY ACT Scores Improve, Still Below National Average http://wkms.org/post/ky-act-scores-improve-still-below-national-average <p>Kentucky's public high school seniors scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than a year ago, but their overall performance remains below the national average. State education officials say the average composite ACT score rose to 19.5 for Kentucky's public high school class of 2012, up from 19.2 in 2011. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:45:17 +0000 Angela Hatton & The Associated Press 21122 at http://wkms.org KY ACT Scores Improve, Still Below National Average Kentucky Schools Could Be in Line for Grant Money http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-schools-could-be-line-grant-money <p>Kentucky schools will learn today whether they have been selected to participate in a new, almost 27 million dollar college-readiness grant program. Known as GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, the federal grant expects to serve 10,000 Kentucky students from low-incomes schools over six years. The goal is to increase the number of students who finish high school and continue their education. The recipient schools will be announced later this morning.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:33:37 +0000 Associated Press 17347 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Schools Could Be in Line for Grant Money