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Unlimited NTI days, 2021-2022 funding: Memorandum provides flexibility for Kentucky’s school districts

FRANKFORT, KY) – School districts throughout the Commonwealth were informed June 24 that the state is taking steps to provide unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days during the 2020-2021 academic year.

This announcement came in the form of a memorandum submitted by Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown and signed by Lt. Gov. and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Cabinet Jacqueline Coleman. The memorandum temporarily suspends the statute capping NTI days at 10 and indicates that Brown will recommend an administrative regulation to the Kentucky Board of Education providing for unlimited NTI days for the next school year. It came on the same day Gov. Andy Beshear announced the release of the Healthy at School guidance during his daily press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KDE seeking family input on what supports they need due to COVID-19 crisis

(FRANKFORT, KY) – In preparation for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) would like to better understand families’ and caregivers’ experiences with distance learning last school year due to COVID-19.

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KDE seeking feedback on library media standards

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on the new Kentucky Academic Standards for Library Media Elective (K-12).

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KBE seeks nominations, applications for next education commissioner

FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky is searching for its next commissioner of education, who will make a difference for the state’s more than 648,000 public school students and support its more than 42,000 teachers.

Nominations and applications are being taken until May 31. Kevin C. Brown is currently serving as interim commissioner of education until a new commissioner is named. Brown has been serving in the role since Dec. 18.

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KDE releases initial guidance on how to re-start schools for 2020-21 year amid COVID-19 pandemic

FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new guidance document on May 15 about questions schools and districts should consider when they are making plans for how to restart school for the 2020-2021 school year.

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KDE releases COVID-19 guidance on graduation alternatives, end-of-year procedures

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released two new guidance documents on April 30 to help districts work through how to safely handle graduation alternatives and other end-of-school procedures during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Principals offer feedback to Kentucky’s Education Continuation Task Force on graduation requirements

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) recently sent out a survey to 260 Kentucky principals seeking their feedback on the two options about how high school graduation requirements will be met for seniors during the 2019-2020 school year.

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CPE makes Kentucky Virtual Library available to all Kentucky students, educators, and citizens for at-home learning

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced today that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home.

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Education Continuation Task Force holds first virtual meeting

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Education Continuation Task Force met virtually on March 23 to receive an overview on the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program and discussed questions that are being raised by districts and education shareholders related to this type of instruction during COVID-19.

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Big News from College Board

On Friday, the College Board released an update on how the Advanced Placement (AP) program is supporting this year’s AP exam administration. Within this email, College Board called out a few bullets that are within the AP Central update page that you can find College Board website. Please be sure to read the entire update, as I’m only including a snippet below.

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Making Proficiency A District Constant

Student understanding and teacher focus have grown dramatically over a two-decade improvement drive, leaders say

A clear handle on fractions is the goal for fourth-grade math students one January morning at Gamaliel Elementary, a small school perched near the Tennessee border in Monroe County. Teacher Shelly Buck asks her students to concentrate and visualize: “Make up one-fourth in your head,” she says. “If you were to visually picture one-fourth, is it more or less than one half?” She asks students to think and be prepared to take a position or to agree or disagree with classmates who volunteer an answer.

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3 more counties will get Georgetown College’s full-tuition scholarships.

The four-year, $160,000 scholarships Georgetown College this week offered to all Scott County students admitted during the next 10 years also will be offered to students in Owen and two other counties yet to be announced.

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National Assessment Confirms That Kentucky Education Progress Has Stalled Declining 4th Grade Reading Results, Lack of Improvement in Math and 8th Grade Reading

Kentucky students have lost ground in  4th grade reading, according to results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress released today. The percent of students meeting or exceeding NAEP proficiency standards has declined from 40% in 2015 to 38% in 2017 to 35% in 2019, and the drop from 2015 to 2019 is statistically significant. Results for  8th grade reading and  4th and  8th grade math did not show significant change.

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Afterschool Time Boosts Academics, Engagement

At some point most every school day, Marissa Atha, a 7th grader at Spencer County Middle School, said she can’t wait for the final bell to chime.

She finds math and science tough to absorb, but once school is out, she feels confident that she can get things straight and also have fun with friends — all before dinner.

“How I do in class is improved,” Marissa said, crediting the school’s thriving afterschool program, Grizzlies Beyond the Bell, which everyone calls G.B.B.

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School Safety Resource Guide for Teachers and Administrators


There have been at least eight school shootings in 2019 resulting in injuries or deaths, according to Education Week’s 2019 School Shooting Tracker. In 2018, there were 24 school shootings in the United States that resulted in the loss of 35 lives and injury to 79 people.

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ACT to Allow Students to Retake Individual Test

The testing company will also create a so-called superscore which uses the student’s best scores from each section.

By Lauren Camera, Senior Education Writer

next year will have the option to retake individual sections of the college entrance exam instead of the entire exam, making it easier for students applying to college to submit a higher score.

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District presents a united front to battle bullying

The Montgomery County schools are putting a priority on bullying prevention without putting a burden on their teachers.

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KASC Endorses Kentucky Safe Schools Week

October 20–26, 2019 - Safe Schools Week

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 20–26, 2019. This year's theme is “Our Safety Story!” KASC and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week.

Every school has its own cast of characters weaving the fabric of its own Safety Story.  As in the film Toy Story 4, Woody, Buzz, and Bo along with a host of others, welcome a new friend, Forky, and help him find his purpose.  Our schools are composed of students/staff who are a host of likely characters with a variety of interests and talents. Remember the words of Buzz Lightyear, “The important thing is that we stick together.”  We ask that you join us across Kentucky, each and every school, as we embrace unity, kindness and empathy to enhance “Our Safety Story” ...‘cause you got a friend in me.’

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New 5-star accountability system launches

New 5-star accountability system launches;
little improvement shown overall

(FRANKFORT, KY) - After nearly four years of development following the December 2015 passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system for public schools is now live. The system can be viewed in the form of an online dashboard on the Kentucky School Report Card, where reports for each school and district will show graphics displaying the overall identification of one to five stars, federal classifications, the performance on indicators (from very low to very high), and any statistically significant achievement gaps.

For the 2018-2019 school year, 89 schools (by level) received one star; 251 received two stars; 643 received three stars; 233 received 4 stars; and 56 received 5 stars. A breakdown of the schools’ star rating by level is as follows:

School Level Total Number of Schools 1-star 2-star 3-star 4-star 5-star
Elementary 725 46 132 364 146 37
Middle 319 23 65 159 60 12
High 228 20 54 120 27 7
Total 1272 89 251 643 233 56

The star ratings and federal classifications are based on 2018-2019 K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress) assessment data and other indicators released today by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). The system does not rely solely on students’ proficiency on state standardized examinations. Instead, as recommended by the many stakeholders who have had a hand in designing the system during the past four years, the diverse accountability indicators factor into a school’s overall five-star rating include:

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Standards Implementation Professional Learning Series Schedule

‘Alignment Tools’ Webcast Recording and Slides


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