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Prichard Committee seeks citizen input on school board’s high school graduation proposal

The Prichard Committee fully supports ensuring a more meaningful high school diploma for all students. In fact, while our high school graduation rate has increased to 90 percent, only 66 percent of those students are college and career ready, resulting in a “ready graduation” rate of 59 percent.  The data notwithstanding says Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee...

State Board of Education hears proposal on new high school graduation requirements, proficiency testing

High school students would have to demonstrate foundational skills in reading and mathematics and achieve academic or career readiness to graduate, among other requirements, under a proposal before the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) at its meeting in Frankfort Aug. 2. If approved in October, the new graduation requirements would take effect with the freshman class entering high school in fall 2019. “What...

Town Hall meetings on graduation requirements cancelled; you can weigh in online through May 15

Interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has cancelled the Town Hall meetings planned to get feedback on Kentucky’s graduation requirements. Instead, he is taking to the Internet to streamline the citizen engagement process. The Kentucky Department of Education now will collect input online through an expanded survey. This will cut down on staff time and expense, and expedite the development...