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A New Commissioner in Kentucky

Kentucky is seeking a new Education Commissioner as current Commish Terry Holliday is set to retire in August. With the retirement of Commissioner Terry Holliday, Kentucky finds itself searching for a new Commissioner of Education.  Here’s the official job posting: The Kentucky Board of Education invites applications and nominations for the position of Commissioner of […]

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Toward Project-Based Learning

One elementary school in Lexington is using Project-Based Learning to turnaround its performance. An article detailing the approach also notes it is a multi-year commitment focused on success, not immediate results. I previously wrote about Danville’s use of PBL as a hopeful experiment and an interesting reconnection to Kentucky’s KERA reforms of the 1990s. Now, it seems […]

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Kentucky May See Teacher Pension Reform

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly may result in reforms to teacher pensions, including adjustments to future benefit payments and cost-of-living increases. Kentucky legislators will consider a number of plans designed to reform the state’s pension plan for teachers, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky General Assembly has been tinkering with the pension plan […]

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Kentucky Approaching the Top 20?

That’s the question asked annually by a Prichard Committee analysis of key education indicators. The goal of the Prichard Committee is to have Kentucky among the Top 20 in the nation in key education indicators by 2020.  According to a press release announcing the most recent analysis of where Kentucky stands, there is some good […]

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Kentucky: A PGES Overview

In the 2014-15 school year, every Kentucky teacher will be evaluated using the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). But, what is PGES and what does it mean for teachers? This policy brief is designed to provide an overview of PGES — what it means, where it came from, and where teacher evaluation is headed […]

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Some Notes on Testing

Recently, I’ve read some interesting work on standardized testing and some challenges that don’t just oppose the standardized test as the primary means of assessment but also offer viable alternatives. This is a shift in a debate that for the last few years has been focused on why standardized tests are ineffective or inadequate.  Now, arguments […]

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In Kentucky, it Must be the Money!

Kentucky Education Report had three stories last week on the battle to properly fund Kentucky schools: First, Brad Clark asks if Kentucky is invested in its future — he’s a teacher and he thinks Kentucky could be doing a lot better. Then, Jana Bryant calls on Kentucky lawmakers to invest in the power of education […]

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Winning the War for Teaching Talent

From Kentucky Education Report: Stu Silberman from the Prichard Committee turns over his blog at EdWeek to Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt who discussed the need for a War for Talent in Teaching. Sheratt argues that baby-boomer retirements and a growing focus on the importance of teacher quality mean states and districts must do more to improve the teaching […]

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Kentucky Govenor Proposes Ed Funding Boost

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered his budget address last night and proposed significant increases in the state’s K-12 education funding.  Read the details at Kentucky Education Report.   For more on education politics and policy, follow @TheAndySpears

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Tennessee Teacher Evaluations

From Tennessee Education Report: Like Tennessee, Kentucky has a new teacher evaluation model — The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). Similar to reforms in Tennessee, the new model uses multiple measures to evaluate teachers, including classroom observation and student growth. Unlike Tennessee, Kentucky has rolled out it’s new evaluation in phases, improving it along […]

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