Some state lawmakers are blasting a proposed change to how Kentucky students with disabilities are tested under the statewide assessment and accountability system. The Kentucky Board of Education has proposed limiting the assistance given to disabled students when they take the new exams later this academic year.
A team of experts examining ways to improve teacher quality in Kentucky is using its second meeting to discuss recruitment and preparation. The Prichard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness meets Tuesday in Frankfort.
WKU is making changes to its scholarship program to help recruit more high-achieving students. The school will offer two additional scholarships starting next fall for students with GPAs as low as 3.3 and ACT scores of 26.
Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U.S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning.
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.
An Indiana University study has found that what people studied in college had a direct effect on their chances of employment during the recession. People with degrees in health, education and biology/life sciences had the best chance of getting and holding a job in 2009 and 2010, according to the recent study by the Indiana Business Research Center at IU’s Kelley School of Business.
An anonymous donor has given $200,000 to enable a western Kentucky public library provide free books to children every month. The Kentucky New Era reported Friday the donation will help establish a Dolly Parton Imagination Library project through the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.
The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division is heading to Lexington to talk to hundreds of high school freshmen about bullying and harassment. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez is scheduled to give a speech and participate in a panel discussion for Fayette County freshmen on Wednesday.
Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order that will couple the state's career and technical schools under the Department of Education. The goal is to create a unified and efficient system to better prepare students for blue collar careers.
WKU President Gary Ransdell says student retention will continue to be a top priority at the institution in the upcoming academic year and over the next six years. Speaking at the faculty and staff convocation in Van Meter Hall, the University President said the state and university can no longer afford to have about one thousand freshmen students per year fail to return for their second year of study.