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State student testing data shows improvements in the four year high school graduation rate and college and career readiness. The just released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education shows gains in a number of areas.

High school graduation rates along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year, but State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address future needs.

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down.

The state Department of Education said in a news release last week that the number of students scoring at the top two levels in May is up between 4 and 5 percent from last year.

However, the number of AP test takers and the number of AP tests given by schools dropped slightly this year.

Scores of 3 or better can qualify students for college credit for the course, which officials estimate saves Kentucky students more than $23 million a year in college costs.

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While dual credit courses for high school students across the commonwealth offer a head start into the college experience, they put pressure on the amount of money coming into higher education institutions. 

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  State figures show corporal punishment is being used less often as a disciplinary method in Kentucky public schools.

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Kentucky education officials have determined that 241 testing violations occurred on required statewide tests for the 2014-15 school year. 

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As a new school year approaches, billboards are going up in Kentucky to remind motorists to watch out for stopped school buses.

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The New Technology Center jointly owned by the Calloway County and Murray Independent School districts is slated to open for the fall semester.

The districts are sharing cost of the new $8 million vocational education building on Johnny Robertson Road, about a mile from both high schools.

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Kentucky Department of Education officials continue to seek public comment on developing a new school accountability system.  A 12th opportunity, in the form of a virtual town hall meeting, is scheduled for tonight

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Education professionals from across western Kentucky attended the Kentucky Department of Education’s final Town Hall Meeting on developing a new school accountability system last night in Murray. The 11 meetings are in response to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives state and local authorities more control when it comes to overseeing school performance.

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The Kentucky Department of Education is hosting town hall meetings as the state begins developing a new accountability system. Congress recently reauthorized the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifts much of the responsibility for schools from the federal government to the state. 

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