Kentucky high school graduates with special needs may now request an alternative high school diploma from their local board of education.
State Senator Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown sponsored legislation last year to give students who finished a modified curriculum an alternative diploma. Until then, they were given only a certificate of attainment.
Under a change that took effect in January, special needs students who graduated before the law took affect, may now retroactively request an alternative high school diploma.
Superintendent Tim Murley announced his retirement, effective February 28th, at Monday night's meeting of the Warren County school board.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Murley cited personal reasons for stepping down saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He's been with the district for more than 30 years.
Board President Kerry Young said after the meeting that the school board will name an interim superintendent and will decide whether to form a search committee or to hire a company to conduct a superintendent search.
Hardin County Schools and WKU are partnering to create an Early College and Career Center. The partnership announced Thursday also includes Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
The result will be a new building where Hardin County school students can take courses in several career pathways, including engineering, manufacturing, automotive technology, media arts, and health sciences.
Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston told WKU Public Radio the center will offer students a new way to prepare for either the workforce or postsecondary education.
"We have to get out of this mindset that if you don't go to college you have to go to a vocational school. This is not a vocational school like you and I might be familiar with," said Johnston.
WKU faculty will teach classes at the Early College and Career Center during the day and college courses in the evenings once the high school students go home.
The executive director of the citizen’s advocacy group the Pritchard Committee is voicing concerns over the new statewide student testing regime being used in Kentucky.
Stu Silberman says he hasn’t fully bought into all aspects of the new accountability system.
Kentucky students took the K-Prep exams for the first time last year. K-Prep stands for “Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress”, and is based on national common core curricula, which creates common standards for subjects such as math, English, science, and social studies. But Kentucky legislators chose to instead adopt a so-called “quality core” model from ACT Inc.
Silberman, a former Daviess County schools superintendent, was quoted in the Messenger-Inquirer as saying “I’m not sure if what we assessed was exactly Common Core. To me, the jury’s still out.”
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is continuing its series of meetings aimed at improving teacher quality in Kentucky. A team of experts will focus Wednesday in Frankfort on teacher preparation programs.
The group is scheduled to hear from Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. It will also hear presentations from the University of Louisville and Asbury University.
The panel is preparing to make recommendations for the 2014 legislative session on new ways to measure teacher effectiveness as part of Kentucky's massive public school reform effort.