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State Farm awards $10,000 grant to Prichard Committee to support parent leadership institute

State Farm is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $10,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting State Farm’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates...

Prichard Committee ‘Groundswell Initiative’ to engage families, communities in public schools

A statewide campaign to engage families and communities in effective and sustainable efforts to improve schools and student achievement is being launched by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The Groundswell Initiative for engagement in public education will give families and communities the knowledge and training they need to become academic advocates for the benefit of all students and...

CPE wins $24.5 million state grant to boost educational opportunities for low-income students

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Council on Postsecondary Education have announced that Kentucky has won a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant to increase the number of low-income students graduating from high school and enrolling in college or workforce training programs. Kentucky is one of only six states to receive GEAR UP funding from the U.S. Department of Education in this year’s competition, making it the...

Prichard Committee: Student performance results are declining, achievement gaps widening in KY schools

Results from the Kentucky Department of Education show student performance declining in most subject areas and achievement gaps widening in many Kentucky schools and communities. Our public schools have made great progress in the last generation and today that progress is at risk. To stem the decline and chart a course of renewed progress, citizens must come together at the local level to understand...

Prichard Committee: Monitoring school performance needed across groups; communities must mobilize

The Prichard Committee supports meaningful standards, high expectations and robust accountability that helps ensure quality learning for all students in Kentucky schools. The new cut scores set by the Kentucky Board of Education mean that schools will be identified for support and improvement if they fall below the established thresholds in three categories of student learning – not just for...

James Graham Brown Foundation grant to support Prichard Committee strategic plan implementation

Creating a greater sense of urgency to accelerate improvements in public education and mobilizing citizens to take more direct action will be the focus of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s work under a multi-year grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation. The $637,500 grant, for work during 2018-2020, will support the committee’s implementation of its strategic plan to help ensure...

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...

Toyota provides $25K grant for Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $25,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting Toyota’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents...

Prichard Committee gets W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to expand access to early care and education

Developing innovative methods to support family home child care providers will be the focus of a new initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, which will work in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement...

Prichard Committee: NAEP results signal serious concern about declining progress in education

The latest results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), released Tueday, show a decline in fourth grade reading results and no meaningful improvement in eighth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade mathematics. That pattern, seen for students of all backgrounds, will require both careful analysis to understand weaknesses in current efforts and robust new efforts to strengthen...

Report shows urgent need for Southern states to improve K-12 schools for every child

In a new report, seven nonpartisan organizations in the South—including the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence—urge their states to take swifter action to improve K-12 education for every child with an emphasis on support for disadvantaged students. Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South calls for states to move faster to raise the overall quality of education....

Prichard Committee elects new officers, including William Wilson as chair, of the advocacy group

William H. Wilson, a former educational television executive and higher education leader, has been elected chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Wilson’s extensive background in education and communications includes service as Deputy Executive Director for Education and Outreach for Kentucky Educational Television. After retiring from that position, the Lexington native was Associate...

Commentary: Collaboration, excellence and equity must drive charter school implementation

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey and John B. King Jr. Special to KyForward This year, the Kentucky General Assembly held a robust legislative debate that resulted in a divide on the topic of public charter schools. Spirited debate about how to improve education for all students can result in better public policy, especially when discussions focus on the shared goal of what is best for children. In these discussions,...

Three from Lexington among new appointments to Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Three Lexington activists and two education leaders from Northern Kentucky have been named to the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a statewide citizens’ group working to improve Kentucky’s schools. Joining the committee as new members during its recent annual meeting were: · Dr. C.B. Akins Sr., pastor of First Baptist Bracktown Church in Lexington. · Veeko A. Lucas of Louisville,...

Latest state test scores show modest progress in narrowing achievement gaps, but not enough

The latest state test results reveal a mixture of good news and troubling challenges about Kentucky’s progress in narrowing achievement gaps among groups of students and delivering educational excellence with equity statewide.   That is the conclusion of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s recent report to raise awareness of achievement gaps and accelerate community and state efforts...

NAEP study shows students performing above national averages in science, but lack improvement

The latest results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) show Kentucky’s students performing above national averages in science in 2015, but also show a lack of improvement since the previous round of testing. NAEP or the “nation’s report card,” shows Kentucky fourth and eighth graders with higher scale scores than the average results for the country. Today’s release...

Prichard Committee takes closer look at recent statewide ‘report card,’ cites bright spots, concerns

This year’s statewide assessment and accountability results, released last week, show some exciting progress for Kentucky’s students toward college and career readiness – with mathematics proficiency showing particularly important growth. Kentucky students have made strong progress in math achievement. The percentage of elementary students scoring at the proficient level in math increased...

Commentary: Kentuckians need to rally to lead nation in education reform once again

By Derrick Graham Special to KyForward We have a moral obligation to all of the commonwealth’s students to address the achievement gap and the implications it has on the future of our children. Kentucky has made continuous progress in educational achievement since the 1990s. However, gaps in achievement continue to persist between different populations. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence...

New Prichard Committee report on education equity shows achievement gap challenges persist

Kentucky has made significant progress in education, but the state is not doing enough to close the academic achievement gaps that persist among different groups of students, according to a new report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.   Closing those gaps is more critical than ever given the increasing need for education or training after high school to ensure the future success...

Kids Ready Conference to convene early childhood professionals, launch of Kentucky ALL STARS

Nationally known experts and authors on early childhood development will speak at the 2016 Ready Kids Conference hosted by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, July 11-13 at the Galt House Hotel, 141 N. 4th St., in Louisville. In its third year, the conference will bring together approximately 1,200 early childhood professionals...