Kentucky's efforts to overhaul its public education system are being put to their first test. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren are taking new tests as part of the annual spring exam ritual. Both the assessments and the results expected this fall are history in the making.
Kentucky students are getting advice this week on how to prepare for college as part of Operation Preparation. Eighth- and 10th-grade students will meet with trained community advisers to review their college and career plans. The sessions will their career aspirations and the required education and training involved. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the goal is to help students maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during high school and beyond. The majority of Kentucky school districts will participate in Operation Preparation.
Kentucky has been granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind standards.
NCLB has been criticized the past few years as having unreachable goals for education. Kentucky was one of 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and 28 more states have announced they plan to seek waiver later this year. In the first round ten states, including Tennessee, were granted a waiver.