college and career readiness

Of all of the departments universities cultivate, career services could be the most important.

Twenty-two Kentucky school districts have started the school year with new programs funded by one of the largest federal Race to the Top grants recently awarded. Officials say the $41 million  in grants will be used to support additional staff, including college and career counselors, teacher coaches and for professional development. The school districts are part of the Ohio Valley and Green River Regional Education Cooperatives. They include regions in central and northern Kentucky. Alica Sells is a spokeswoman for the group. She said Kentucky educators anticipate the effects of the program to extend beyond the four-year grant.

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.