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K-PREP testing has been canceled for the school year; state applied and received a testing waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has notified all Kentucky public school superintendents that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver...

2020 Ky. Teacher of the Year Erin Ball to spend semester promoting minority teacher recruitment

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Life has been different for Erin Ball since being named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in May of 2019. But probably not how you may expect. “In August, my husband and I began fostering two young siblings – a toddler and a baby,” said Ball. “Going from zero kids to two kids has been an incredible whirlwind and learning how to balance being a mother...

WKU awarded $1.1 million federal grant for special education to address shortage of certified personnel

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs. Project “Preparing Rural Educators and Professionals for Students with High-Intensity Needs” (PREP) is an interdisciplinary initiative led...

Five Kentucky public schools designated national Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Dept. of Education

The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: Barret Traditional Middle School – Jefferson County East Valley Elementary School – Morgan County Murray Elementary School – Murray Independent Perryville Elementary School – Boyle County Shopville...

CPE celebrates statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky at EKU’s Brock Auditorium on Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, approximately 400 seventh- and 12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

University of Kentucky doctoral graduate earns national recognition for research on school discipline

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky Discipline and how it is administered in schools across the U.S. continues to be a hotly debated topic. Now a University of Kentucky doctoral graduate’s expansive research on the subject has been published in the Journal of School Psychology and is gaining widespread attention from teachers, administrators and researchers. Albert Ksinan, who earned his doctorate...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

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...

Five Kentucky schools named to U.S. Department of Education’s 2018 list of National Blue Ribbon Schools

Kentucky Teacher The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: • Huntertown Elementary (Woodford County) • Oak Hill Elementary (Pulaski County) • Paintsville Elementary (Paintsville Independent) • Spottsville Elementary (Henderson...

Kentucky Teacher: Interim commissioner cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington last week as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Milton Seymore participated in roundtable discussions led by U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The January school shooting at Marshall County High...

Nearly half of Kentucky’s childcare providers now ‘highly ranked’ by state’s quality rating system

The Kentucky Division of Child Care has reached a significant milestone, with nearly half of the state’s child-care providers now highly ranked by the Commonwealth’s required quality rating system. The goal was part of the federal Race to the Top Initiative. Kentucky was awarded an RTTT Early Learning Challenge grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human...

KHEAA reminds students to take care when completing information on federal aid application

The U.S. Department of Education is requiring many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to complete a verification process for the information they submit. Used to apply for most federal and many state student aid programs, the FAFSA asks detailed questions about the income and resources of students. Parents are required to provide their information as well if their...

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? The question rural school advocates have for Betsy DeVos isn’t whether she knows much about rural education but whether she’s willing to learn. “She’s...

Parents increasing recognized as ‘missing piece’ in helping students become college, career ready

By John Kim Special to KyForward As public schools in Kentucky work to reform and improve the academic achievement of students, ensuring that they are college and career ready to deal with life in the 21st century, the recognition of parents as the critical “missing piece” in helping students meet these challenges is becoming more apparent. One county is actively working to include this important...

Kentucky has third highest student default rate for second straight year, new data shows

By Ashley Spalding Special to KyForward Data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows Kentuckians leaving college with student loan debt are among the most likely to default nationwide. The state’s new default rate of 15.5 percent is down from last year’s 16.3 percent, but Kentucky continues to have the third-highest student loan default rate in the nation (behind New Mexico and West...

Pruitt, others warn USED’s proposed ESSA regs go beyond legal requirements, would hinder innovation

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward WASHINGTON – Kentucky’s top K-12 official continued his efforts to get the Obama administration to allow states to take advantage of the promise of greater autonomy in measuring school progress under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Speaking to a congressional committee for the second time in less than a month, Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt...

Five accredited programs at St. Catharine College will be eligible for student aid under federal agreement

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed by letter that five fully-accredited programs at St. Catharine College that had previously been denied federal student aid (FSA) eligibility will qualify for FSA benefits going forward. St. Catharine College President Cindy Gnadinger (Photo Provided) Those courses of study include: · BS in Radiation Therapy · BS in Radiologic Therapy · BA in Farming...

Heads up students, on loan repayments: be wary of repayment sales pitches

If you owe money on federal student loans, you should be wary of sales pitches from companies offering to help borrowers lower their payments, warns the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Such companies charge fees — sometimes high fees — for filling out forms that you can do for free. Many will want to charge monthly fees for monitoring your loans. KHEAA is the state agency...

State’s high school graduation rate among highest in nation — ranking 9th in nation at 87.5 percent

Kentucky’s high school graduation rate is among the highest in the nation according to the latest data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The state’s 2013-14 graduation rate of 87.5 percent ranks Kentucky ninth overall and far exceeds the national graduation rate of 82.3 percent. “We should be very proud of the efforts of our local...

Four public, five private Kentucky schools named 2014 National Blue Ribbon winners

Four Kentucky public schools and five private schools have been named as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The designation is based on overall academic excellence.   The four public schools are:   • Central Elementary in Marshall County; • Johnson Elementary in Ft. Thomas Independent in Campbell County; • Tompkinsville Elementary in Monroe...