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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...

Prichard Committee releases guide to help promote success of postsecondary education in Kentucky

Providing a framework for a productive discussion on the future of postsecondary education in Kentucky is the goal of a series of guiding principles developed by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. “The Pursuit of Excellence: Principles to Guide Kentucky’s Future Postsecondary Success” provides a focus for the committee’s return to an area of advocacy that served...

Report from Chamber, Prichard Committee provides overview of state’s education progress, challenges

A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence provides an overview of education developments that began with the 1990 passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and continue today. “Sometimes it is hard to believe that so many years have passed since Kentucky initiated the groundbreaking work that has garnered national recognition for...

Education advocate Carroll joins Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

Leading education advocate Helen Carroll has joined the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL) as a consultant to support the program that helps parents become knowledgeable and effective partners in efforts to improve local schools. In this role, she will serve as a parent leadership coordinator for the Northern Kentucky region. Carroll has been a longtime supporter of...

New report from Prichard Committee emphasizes need for commitment to early childhood education

Ensuring all Kentucky children are well prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond is the focus of a new report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence that recommends priorities for policy and program developments related to early childhood education. Progress and Next Steps for Early Childhood in Kentucky: Birth Through Third Grade is the work of the committee’s Early Childhood...

Rep. Mike Denham: Prichard Committee report shows students' scores improving

FRANKFORT – As students near the end of the semester, they are invariably starting to think about the grades that will determine whether their Christmas break is actually a joyous one.   For Kentucky’s educational system, our “report cards,” so to speak, have already arrived. They came earlier this fall from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a non-profit organization that...

Institute for Parent Leadership trained 87in 2013; four sessions planned in 2014

(Photo from Prichard Committee)   The financial support of Kentucky businesses, foundations and universities enabled 87 parents, caregivers and mentors of students in Kentucky’s public schools to receive high-quality leadership training in 2013 from the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.   Institutes...

Stu Silberman: KEA director shares insights on teachers' needs, school funding and more

Mary Ann Blankenship, the executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, recently answered a few questions about a variety of educational issues.       Q. Kentucky is showing good progress in college and career readiness – what feedback are you receiving from teachers about these accomplishments?   A. Kentucky teachers are excited, overwhelmed and proud of the...

Stu Silberman: KEA director shares insights on teachers’ needs, school funding and more

Mary Ann Blankenship, the executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, recently answered a few questions about a variety of educational issues.       Q. Kentucky is showing good progress in college and career readiness – what feedback are you receiving from teachers about these accomplishments?   A. Kentucky teachers are excited, overwhelmed and proud of the...

Lexmark opens Center for Children on site,
a state-of-art facility for employees’ children

Lexmark’s 25,000-square-foot Center for Children has capacity for 186 children, ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Lexmark Chairman and CEO Paul Rooke called the company’s new Center for Children a reflection of its “innovative culture” and a first-class educational program that “will see our children on a journey...

New science standards for public schools will go forward despite legislative panel’s rejection

Staff report   Despite a legislative committee’s rejection of the state’s new science standards for public schools Wednesday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will allow implementation of those standards, as provided by law.   Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday praised what he called Beshear’s swift action to allow the standards to go forward.   Education Commissioner...

New science standards for public schools will go forward despite legislative panel's rejection

Staff report   Despite a legislative committee’s rejection of the state’s new science standards for public schools Wednesday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will allow implementation of those standards, as provided by law.   Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday praised what he called Beshear’s swift action to allow the standards to go forward.   Education Commissioner...

Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership taps Baumert as director

Cindy Baumert, a leading education advocate, has been named director of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, a program of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.   Cindy Baumert Baumert is a 2000 graduate of the program, which helps parents become knowledgeable and effective partners in efforts to improve local schools. She also has been a member of the Prichard...

Eastern Kentucky Institute helps parents lead school children to higher grades and college

Staff report   A new parent leadership program in Eastern Kentucky will meet Aug. 16-17 at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg for the first of three two-day training sessions.   The Eastern Kentucky Institute is training its first class of parents to get actively involved in their children’s public schools to help promote better grades, better overall achievement, higher graduation...

Kentucky educators, national experts present at Prichard meeting on teacher effectiveness

Topics ranging from high school graduation to a debate about teacher tenure provided the focus of a recent joint meeting of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and its Team on Teacher Effectiveness.   The meeting, held at General Butler State Resort Park, featured presentations by Kentucky educators and national experts on issues the citizens’ committee is emphasizing in its 30th...

Hilliard Lyons CEO receives 13th Joseph W. Kelly Award for business-school partnership

James Allen was presented the Joseph W. Kelly Award by the Kentucky Board of Education during its June meeting in Frankfort. Pictured from left are Commissioner Terry Holliday, Joseph W. Kelly, James Allen and KBE Chairman David Karem. (Photo from KBE)   The Kentucky Board of Education presented Louisville businessman James Allen with the 13th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award June 5. The award is...

Dave Adkisson: State's widening skills gap illustrates need for common core standards

As we look to the future and think about the economic recovery, we can see the widening of a skills gap where the education and skill levels of Kentuckians don’t meet the requirements and supply of jobs. The challenge of filling this gap will become even more acute as thousands of baby boomers retire, leaving well-paying positions unfilled.   This bottom-line reality is the key motivation behind...