Terry Holliday http://wkyufm.org en New Testing Data: Kentucky Schools Show Improvement Over Last Year http://wkyufm.org/post/new-testing-data-kentucky-schools-show-improvement-over-last-year <p>According to new data on state assessments, Kentucky students are making progress in basic subjects like reading and math.&nbsp; In the second year of the Unbridled Learning testing system, overall student performance showed improvement from 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,&rdquo; said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday in a news release. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky student and ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Here are some of the&nbsp; scores within the WKU Public Radio listening area.</p><p>Bowling Green city schools rank Proficient with an overall district total of 60.0 out of 100 while Warren County schools are classified as Needing Improvement with a total score of 58.3</p><p>The Elizabethtown Independent school district gets the top ranking of Distinguished at 64.3 as the overall score while Hardin County schools come in at Proficient with a total ranking of 58.4.&nbsp;</p><p>Somerset Independent has an overall score 61.2, making the district Proficient while Pulaski County schools receive the top score of Distinguished at 64.9.&nbsp;</p><p>Another Distinguished school system is Daviess County with a district score of 63.9, while Owensboro city schools are ranked as Needing Improvement with a total ranking of 54.1.&nbsp;</p><p>You can see how every school system in the state fares, as well as scores for individual schools by clicking <a href="http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/" target="_blank">here</a>. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:23:10 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 37671 at http://wkyufm.org New Testing Data: Kentucky Schools Show Improvement Over Last Year Holliday: Kentucky Needs to Improve Math Scores http://wkyufm.org/post/holliday-kentucky-needs-improve-math-scores <p>Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says while Kentucky students improved their overall test results from last school year, the state still needs to do a better job with math.</p><p>The education department released its annual data measuring individual school and district success Friday. This is the first year Kentucky has comparable results since the state underwent education reforms and changed its accountability system last year.</p><p>Kentucky met its annual goals as a state, but over 40 percent of schools fell short. Holliday says part of the problem is math scores and success at the middle school level.</p><p>&ldquo;While we did make improvement we would have liked to have seen it go a little bit faster and so we&rsquo;ve gone back in and we&rsquo;re going to be working really hard with schools and districts over the next school year to support them,&quot; said the education commissioner.</p><p>Holliday says Kentucky&rsquo;s 86 percent graduation rate was among the top nationwide, but it should&nbsp; be paired with the fact that just 55 percent of students who graduate are prepared for college or career. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 37630 at http://wkyufm.org Holliday: Kentucky Needs to Improve Math Scores Kentucky Education Commissioner Backs State Tax Reform http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-education-commissioner-backs-state-tax-reform <p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px">Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for the state’s public school system.</p><p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px">“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out.”</p><p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px">Holliday is asking state lawmakers to restore per student funding to their 2009 levels during&nbsp; biennium budget discussions next year. He also says state grant funding needs to be restored. That will mean committing nearly $270 million dollars more to education for the next two years.</p><p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px">Holliday says the General Assembly can accomplish this through tax reforms and approving expanded gaming, two issues that have not made headway in the recent past.</p><p style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:13px">Education will be competing with state pension and healthcare issues among the other state agencies that have seen cuts to their budgets. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:35:54 +0000 Devin Katayama 36155 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Leaders Celebrate Adoption of Higher Dropout Age http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-leaders-celebrate-adoption-higher-dropout-age <p><span class="paragraph-0">State officials are celebrating in the Capitol with an event to recognize 120 Kentucky school districts that have voted to raise the dropout age to 18.</span></p><p><span class="paragraph-1">Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Lawrence County High School senior Harley Ratliff are holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to mark the achievement.</span></p><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>A new law that went into effect this summer increases the dropout age statewide from 16 to 18 after 55 percent of the state's 173 school districts signed on.</p></div><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>The higher dropout age becomes a statewide standard by 2017.</p></div><div class="encrypted-content" style=""><p>The Beshears made increasing the dropout age a top priority after taking office in 2007. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:48:42 +0000 Associated Press 35230 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Leaders Celebrate Adoption of Higher Dropout Age Kentucky Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Vocal Disorder http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-education-commissioner-diagnosed-vocal-disorder <p></p><p>The Commissioner of Education in Kentucky has been diagnosed with a neurological voice disorder that’s limiting his ability to talk normally. Dr. Terry Holliday started noticing symptoms last September, and by December his voice had dramatically deteriorated.&nbsp;</p><p>After ruling out cancer, Holliday made appointments with several specialists.</p><p>“I’ve been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, which is basically your vocal cords freeze up," Holliday said.</p><p>A cause of the condition is unknown but fortunately it’s not life-threatening. Spasmodic dysphonia is the&nbsp; same disorder that affects public radio host Diane Rehm. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:35:46 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel 29567 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Vocal Disorder Southern Kentucky School System in Line for State Takeover http://wkyufm.org/post/southern-kentucky-school-system-line-state-takeover <p>The State Board of Education will meet in special session Wednesday to consider taking over management of a southeast Kentucky school system. The Monticello Independent school district has waived its right to appeal a state takeover. The problems plaguing Monticello schools are not academic.</p><p>A financial analysis by the Kentucky Department of Education finds enrollment is declining while expenditures remain too high for the size of the district.&nbsp;</p><p>A revenue forecast dated January 7<sup> </sup>of this year estimates the general fund for Monticello will end the current school year with a negative balance of more than a million dollars. Additionally, the state last month had to advance over&nbsp; $700,000 to Monticello to continue operating and make payroll. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:49:53 +0000 Lisa Autry 26660 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Education Foundation Aims to Foster New, Innovative Academic Programs http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-education-foundation-aims-foster-new-innovative-academic-programs <p>Kentucky is about to officially start a nonprofit education foundation modeled after one in Colorado and aimed at attracting funding for innovative school programs. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday on Wednesday will deliver paperwork to the secretary of state's office incorporating the new Fund for Transforming Education. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:30:16 +0000 Associated Press 20823 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Education Foundation Aims to Foster New, Innovative Academic Programs In Kentucky, Only 25% of Children are Prepared for Kindergarten http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-only-25-children-are-prepared-kindergarten <p>Just one in four children in the state is prepared for kindergarten, according to preliminary data presented to the Kentucky Board of <span class="inline_link">Education</span> on Tuesday. The preliminary data is showing that 24 percent to 28 percent of children are considered prepared for kindergarten, said Karen Dodd, director of strategic planning for the education department. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:21:10 +0000 Associated Press 20424 at http://wkyufm.org In Kentucky, Only 25% of Children are Prepared for Kindergarten Kentucky Education Commissioner Warns of Low Test Scores http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-education-commissioner-warns-low-test-scores <p>Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed. In a blog post Tuesday in a newsletter for teachers, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new guidelines the state has adopted for English and mathematics. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:22:45 +0000 Associated Press 18638 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Education Commissioner Warns of Low Test Scores Applications Being Taken for Kentucky Student Council http://wkyufm.org/post/applications-being-taken-kentucky-student-council <p>Kentucky public school students in grades 10 to 12 who have ideas about how schools and student achievement can be improved that they would like to pass along to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday can apply for appointment to an advisory board. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:51:30 +0000 Associated Press 17086 at http://wkyufm.org