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Prichard Committee awarded $500,000 early childhood grant from Public Life Foundation

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has received a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro to fund high-level early childhood policy and practice work throughout the coming years. “Support from the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro will provide a base for continued focus on the importance of early childhood policy and practice, with the goal of expanded...

Prichard Committee offers steps to improve teacher preparation, student reading and math skills

Ahead of the 2021 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly, a Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence task force has released recommendations aimed at improving educator preparation and professional learning in the Commonwealth. The Prichard Committee convened the Task Force on Educator Preparation and Professional Learning: Literacy and Numeracy for Primary Grades earlier this year...

Prichard Committee’s Teacher Fellows write letter outlining priorities for teaching, learning

A group of teachers from 23 counties across Kentucky convened by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released its Letter from Kentucky Teachers, offering shared priorities for teaching and learning – now and as we emerge from the pandemic. The letter, online here, is also a commitment to turning teacher-identified education priorities into reality in classrooms across Kentucky. The...

Schools in 30 counties named Bright Spots after students perform better than expected

Forty-seven schools have been named Bright Spots in Kentucky Education, recognition for schools in which students performed better than expected on measures of educational achievement. Schools must meet two conditions to qualify as a Bright Spot. All students are evaluated on an outcome measure for better-than-expected performance at least once from 2011 to 2019. With a focus on low-income students...

Prichard Committee study highlights challenges of remote teaching, learning during pandemic

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released the Coping with COVID-19 Teacher and Family Study. The study, conducted in August through October, found that while some Kentuckians are finding benefits to remote K-12 instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and teachers face significant challenges in teaching and learning from home. The results of the study came from a survey...

Commentary: Kentucky Board of Education recent appointment of student representation is a milestone

By Emanuelle Sippy and Sanaa Kahloon Special to KyForward With Eastern High School student Solyana Mesfin’s recent appointment by Gov. Andy Beshear as a non-voting member of the Kentucky Board of Education, Kentucky joins the ranks of 20 other states who have young people playing a similar role. As a Jefferson County junior and daughter of Ethiopian immigrants who is active in several youth-driven,...

Prichard Committee seeks nominations of a parent for Beverly Nickell Raimondo Award

The Prichard Committee’s Beverly Nickell Raimondo Award is designed to annually recognize the outstanding work of an individual whose work reflects the goals and ideals of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. Beverly Nickell Raimondo The award is named in honor and memory of Beverly Nickell Raimondo, who was instrumental in the development of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent...

Survey of Kentucky parents highlights families’ concern regarding child care amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to a recent survey of Kentucky parents and families, nearly 30% of respondents are struggling to find child care following the end of mandated closures in June due to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, more than half of the 1,570 survey respondents reported being moderately to extremely stressed about sending their child back to child care. The Prichard Committee, along with other national...

Prichard Committee: We call for racial equity and justice — in education, income, health and safety

We can no longer wait for another generation to pass while the slow lever of policy change takes hold. We must insist on a new kind of change now, change that will remedy the injustices that have been waged on Black communities for generations and end deeply embedded and persistent racism. We stand with our communities of color to insist on justice. We have simply not done enough to ensure equitable...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

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...