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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt testified on Thursday before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, discussing the commonwealth’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Many of the same schools rounded out the top and bottom of this year’s Kentucky Department of Education test score rankings in our region.

Murray Independent Schools was No. 1 in western Kentucky once again with a nearly 5-point lead over Marshall County Schools, placing second.

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National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. 

Kathy Galliger, an official with the State Department of Education, said logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer. While her agency, the state's summer food service program, doesn't track such numbers, Galliger suspects Kentucky's figures are even worse than the one-in-seven national statistic.  Still, she said there are federal dollars to pay for food.

Encouraging numbers from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics show nearly three out of five high school graduates in 2011 enrolled in college. Education Secretary Thomas Zawacki released the numbers yesterday.

More than 27,000 of the state's public high school grads in 2011 continued their educations.

Murray's Holly Bloodworth Named '2014 Teacher of the Year'

Oct 16, 2013
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UPDATE: Murray Elementary School’s Holly Bloodworth is Kentucky's 2014 Teacher of the Year. 

The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland, Incorporated named the Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year, as well as the overall Kentucky Teacher of the Year during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning.

  While Kentucky has already celebrated a record graduation rate for high schools and improved number of students who are college and career ready, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says there are still areas of concern. The Department of Education released results of its accountability system Friday and Holliday says the focus now is on math.

The Kentucky Department of Education will release individual district and school accountability test results this week, including test scores, graduation rates and how many students are college and career ready.

WFPL will have coverage of the test results starting Friday morning on air at 89.3 and online here at

Districts Moving Foward to Raise Dropout Age

Jun 27, 2013
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  The Kentucky Department of Education is well on its way to it’s goal of increasing the compulsory age of school attendance to 18. KDE offered a $10,000 grant to the first 57 districts that adopted the voluntary change. 

Three western Kentucky counties look like they will not become a District of Innovation. The Kentucky Board of Education’s review team is making its recommendations at its meeting tomorrow.

McCracken County, Trigg County, and Owensboro Independent schools are not among the review team’s recommendations.

Districts of Innovation come after the passage of a new state law that allows chosen districts to be exempt from certain KDE regulations and local board policies in order to improve student learning. The law was a compromise to charter school legislation.