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Lt. Governor issues waiver of high school graduation requirements due to coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two provisions in state law that might have prevented some high school students from graduating this year have been waived due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, in her capacity as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, issued a waiver that suspends the requirement that students who plan to graduate from high school in 2020 pass...

Wayne Lewis: Preparing students for the current and future workforce is the key for education

In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority. So much so that if there were any one area that I have given disproportionate attention, it has been workforce preparation. For anyone who has known me for longer than four years, that is probably a surprise. As an educator,...

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...