A new report shows over the last decade more students are taking Advanced Placement courses in Kentucky.
However, the College Board report released on Tuesday shows the state is below the national average of students in the class of 2013 who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. The national average was 20 percent, where Kentucky was 16.3 percent.
A 3, 4, or 5 are the scores typically accepted by colleges for credit and placement.
Over the past decade, the report said the number of students who graduate from high school having taken rigorous AP courses, like world history and physics, has nearly doubled.
The report also showed the improvement states have made over the last decade in students scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Kentucky jumped from 7 percent in 2003 to 16.3 last year.
The Kentucky House has voted to expand a scholarship program for students in the state's coal regions. House members voted 92-0 Monday to send the bill to the Senate.
The measure is aimed at increasing the number of people achieving four-year college degrees in the eastern and western Kentucky coalfields. The scholarships would be awarded to students who, for the most part, attend four-year college campuses in coal counties, in hopes they stay there after getting their degrees.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says coalfield counties in eastern Kentucky lag behind other parts of the state in the percentage of its residents with four-year college degrees.
The measure seeks to make permanent a pilot project.
The scholarships are funded with coal severance tax money.
A dispute between the Bowling Green city and Warren County school systems will go before a mediator Saturday.
The two school systems are at odds over a non-resident student agreement for next school year and beyond. Warren County wants to keep more of its students and the state funding that comes with them. The county last year lowered the number of students who could transfer to city schools.
For Bowling Green Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius, it’s not about money, but school choice.
"The SEEK dollars that follow students are spent on students," says Tinius. "It doesn't create a windfall or a pot of discretionary money for any school district."
Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton argues that cutting the number of transfers doesn’t stifle school choice.
The Kentucky Board of Education is getting closer to voting on new evaluations for teachers and principals.
The panel said the new system would hold teachers accountable in new ways that would be consistent across the state. Currently, different school districts use different means of evaluating educators.
The proposal before the board would use a variety of means, including student test scores and observations by peers and supervisors, to rate teachers as exemplary, accomplished, developing or ineffective.
Kentucky's community colleges will use new tuition fees to pay for improvements to campuses across the commonwealth.
The sixteen colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will take on about $200 million in bonds. System President Michael McCall says three-fourths of those bonds will be paid for by a four dollar per credit hour charge that will be phased in this fall, and will increase to eight dollars per credit hour in the future.
“The proposed agency fund will come from a capital fee that will be assessed to students, students who will be coming in,” said McCall. “We plan to really phase this in. The total amount that will be required for this would be eight dollars per credit hour per student.”
McCall acknowledges that KCTCS will also be raising tuition this fall, but could not say by how much.
About 92,000 students are enrolled in the system's colleges.
A new statewide reading survey shows roughly half of Kentucky’s kindergartners entered school this year unprepared to learn the reading and math skills that are expected of them.
The survey shows 51-percent of Kentucky kindergartners who began school last fall were described as “not ready” to learn the basic reading and math skills expected of them. That means those students lacked basic literacy, match, or cognitive skills, such as knowing letters and numbers. The social and physical readiness of the students were also taken into account.
Governor Steve Beshear, who has proposed expanding early childhood initiatives in the state, said the report showed how some students are at a disadvantage “from day one.”
In a statement, the Governor said too often those students who begin school academically behind their peers never catch up, and face poor grades and negative school experiences that “usually only end when they drop out or graduate from high school unprepared for college or career.”
Warren County Public Schools is now offering a mobile application that allows the community to get information in a quick and convenient way.
The mobile app from School Connect allows smartphone and tablet users to keep track of district news and receive notices from faculty and staff, all in real time. Much of the information is already posted on the school system's website.
"It just gives us another way for community members to access information about the district in a convenient with mobile apps being the way of the world these days, it seems," says WCPS Spokesman Don Sergent.
The app will provide information such as school calendars, athletic schedules, gradebooks, and lunch menus.
The free app is available for Apple and Android devices.
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is known not only for showcasing independent films, and bringing together movie-types like actors, directors and filmmakers – but also for its generous amounts of snowfall and chilly temperatures.
For 23 WKU students including Jayme Powell, the Sundance experience was one that can’t be replicated in south-central Kentucky.
That is, with the possible exception of the weather.
“When we got back last night, it was colder in Kentucky,” said Powell on Saturday afternoon. “But it was cold in Park City. We were bundled up a lot.”
Powell , an aspiring film producer says she saw 22 films at Sundance. Many of her days started as early as 8:30 or 9 o’clock in the morning and often ended hours later with a midnight showing. She also spent much of her time attending panel discussions with filmmakers and producers.