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ISN Contact:    Felicia Cumings Smith, Associate Commissioner
                       Office of Next Generation Learners
The Kentucky Department of Education’s mission is to prepare all Kentucky students for next-generation learning, work and citizenship by engaging schools, districts, families and communities through excellent leadership, service and support.


The next ISN webcast is scheduled for Friday, February 25, 3:30pm EST. More information about the topics for this webcast will be forthcoming.

Senate Bill 1 (2009) Update

KDE staff had a conversation with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) standards writers on January 13, and the attached document contains the notes from that conversation.
       CCSSO Notes.doc <cid:0337bfce-bdfe-4132-9d2d-7dc58464fb56>
Education Matters:  KET will broadcast a special edition of Education Matters on March 22 at 9 p.m. ET. This episode will focus on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS).  

Leadership Networks
A draft of some of the deconstructed standards are available on the KDE website at: <>

Curriculum Revision/Model Curriculum Framework
Requests have been made for examples of how districts are revising their curricula to address the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. The attached document is intended only as an example and tool for how a district MAY choose to proceed with this process. By the end of May, in addition to a complete set of deconstructed standards, there also will be specific examples/samples of curriculum maps/pacing guides available to inform your work. This also will be shared in Kentucky’s New Model Curriculum Framework document, to be published in May/June 2011.

Action Steps for Developing Revising Curricula Revised Jan 2011.doc <cid:04d12673-2af1-4651-80f9-c730f2684fd2>  

Assessment and Accountability System
A new assessment will be in place for spring 2012, and it will assess the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Kentucky will be moving forward with implementation of the new standards and assessments as required by 2009’s Senate Bill 1 (SB 1).
At its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 2, the Kentucky Board of Education heard presentations related to the proposed accountability system for the state’s public schools and districts.
The board heard details about a proposed accountability model that would be adopted through a state regulation. The model would hold schools and districts accountable for student achievement; closing achievement gaps; showing growth/progress; college and career readiness (middle and high schools); and graduation rates (high schools).  
Schools and districts could receive an overall, weighted score that would combine raw scores from each of those areas. Schools and districts also could be classified as “Distinguished,” “Proficient,” “Needs Improvement” or “Persistently Low-Achieving,” depending on their overall, weighted scores and other variables.
A document describing the proposed accountability model is attached. The board will continue its discussion at its April meeting. Please note, SCAAC has recommended 4 end of course exams in 2012, the first year of the new system: English II, Algebra II, Biology and U. S. History. End of course exams shall count twenty-five percent (25%) of a student’s course grade. English II and Algebra II will be aligned to the new standards.
The board also discussed recognition, assistance and consequences for schools and districts, based on their performance and standings in the proposed accountability model.
The Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Education presented recommendations for consideration of the career readiness definition. The definition is three-fold and would ensure students demonstrate proficiency in employability, technical and academic skills to be considered career-ready.  The career readiness definition is still evolving and will continue to be a part of the upcoming accountability discussions.
       Proposed Accountability Model  2 11 2010.doc <cid:53e40ceb-12eb-4cdb-88d6-cbaa4b6b55d6>
COMPASS® College Placement Test Update
Volunteer district assessment coordinators have been identified to pilot the online COMPASS® placement tests for Kentucky. Staff from pilot districts will be trained to administer the exam in the coming weeks and will administer the exam thereafter.

In March, training for all high school COMPASS® Test Administrators will be provided by ACT, Inc. The statewide release of data is expected in April for testing of seniors who did not meet the Council on Postsecondary Education’s (CPE’s) benchmarks on the ACT. Participation by the school or district is optional.
More details concerning COMPASS® administration in Kentucky high schools can be found at <> .
Program Reviews
The results of the Program Review survey were shared with the Kentucky Board of Education at its February 2 meeting. KDE received 1,101 responses to the survey. A summary of the results follows:

  • 76 percent of the respondents believed that world languages should have its own Program Review.
  • 77 percent believed that a Program Review in world languages would hold schools accountable for maintaining high-quality programs.
  • 79 percent valued world language skills.
  • Respondents reported low familiarity with resources available to support world languages.
  • 84 percent of respondents rated effective teachers and 50 percent rated immersion as the most important elements in a high-quality world languages program.
  • Funding, finding qualified teachers, effective teachers and scheduling were rated as the top challenges.
  • 52 percent reported their districts already have  world languages graduation requirements.

The Kentucky Board of Education decided to wait on implementation of a world language Program Review and to implement the Program Reviews required explicitly in SB 1 at this time. During the coming year, the KBE will prioritize future Program Reviews for consideration.

Program Review Technical Assistance Trainings
KDE will be offering Program Review Technical Assistance trainings in regions across the state. There will be two  training opportunities available in each region. One will focus on elementary (K-5), with the other focusing on secondary (6-12).  
The target audiences for these trainings are:

  • district instructional supervisors, as they will be able to assist schools in the improvement of their programs
  • school-based decision making (SBDM) council members, as they will play an integral part in utilizing the findings of the Program Reviews and making programmatic decisions

The meeting dates and venues are:

Erlanger METS Center March 8 Elementary and Secondary Sessions running concurrently
Crestwood Oldham County Arts Center March 11 Elementary Session
March 14 Secondary Session
Ashland Ashland Plaza Hotel March 16 Elementary Session
March 17 Secondary Session
Bowling Green Carroll Knicely Conference Center March 23 Elementary and Secondary Sessions running concurrently
Hopkinsville James Bruce Convention Center March 24 Elementary and Secondary Sessions running concurrently
Lexington Clarion Hotel (Newtown Pike) March 29 Elementary and Secondary Sessions running concurrently
Somerset Center for Rural Development March 30 Elementary and Secondary Sessions running concurrently
Hazard L.K.L.P. Community Center March 31 Elementary Session
April 1 Secondary Session

Schools are invited to send members of their SBDM councils or, if there is no school council, a committee appointed by the principal. Schools whose configuration include elementary and secondary may wish to split their councils to attend both sessions.
Meeting times are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. local time, with lunch on your own. EILA credit will be available.
To register, please go to <> .

*Please Note:  Up to five people may be registered at one time, but only one submission may be made from a single computer.

If you have questions, please contact Rae McEntyre at <>  or (502) 564-2106.

Primary Diagnostic Measure
Senate Bill 1 (KRS 158.6453(9)) requires schools to enroll primary students using diagnostic assessments and prompts that measure readiness in reading and mathematics. These assessments must be developmentally appropriate. Schools may use commercial products, locally developed products and procedures, or develop their own diagnostic procedures.
The Kentucky Department of Education has created guidelines for districts creating their own diagnostic tools or purchasing a tool. For more information, click here <> .

College and Career Readiness
On February 5, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked each superintendent to sign a College and Career Readiness Commitment. Several districts have submitted this pledge, and many more are presenting it to their local boards for signature within the next few weeks. Pledges are to be submitted on or before April 1.

College and Career Readiness Plan Strategy 2: Interventions
KDE, in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), is preparing to host three regional meetings about the transitional courses developed by cross-agency teams this past year. Kentucky’s work with transitional courses is leading the nation, and we are at a point of reviewing and evaluating our course products. The regional meetings will be held on the dates and locations listed below; there will be a limited number of spaces available in each meeting.

February 21 – Richmond
February 22 – Bowling Green
February 23 – Erlanger
March 7 – Frankfort

These work sessions will focus on evaluating the reading and mathematics transitional courses available on the state level and identifying additional resources needed to implement the courses in a school setting. First priority for the meeting will be given to schools or districts who have either already implemented one or both of the courses or will be implementing in the fall of 2011. For more details, please contact ONxGL Project Lead April Pieper via e-mail at <>  or call (502) 564-2106.
College and Career Readiness Plan Strategy: College and Career Advising
In support of the College and Career Readiness Plan, an Advising Toolkit utilizing the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) <> , will be designed to assist all schools in the development of a comprehensive advising program for students in 6th through 12th grades. The advising programs will focus on academic, career, financial and personal/social development. Individual students will be advised based on chosen career pathways identified in the students’ ILPs. The Advising Toolkit will be posted on the KDE website May 2011 for use in 2011-12.
Writing Policy Review Update (Correction from Last Month)
Each school is required by statute (KRS 158.6453 <> ) to have a writing policy. Districts will review the writing policy for each of their schools and send the final report to Mary Jo Rist at KDE by February 28. She will provide the report template to all district school-based decision making (SBDM) coordinators.

To guide districts through the review process and demonstrate how to use the Writing Policy Guidance when reviewing schools’ policies, a Writing Policy Guidance Tool WebEx is now available on the KDE website at: <>
The WebEx, which provides specific guidance for district SBDM coordinators, is designed to present a process districts may use when reviewing each school’s writing policy and providing feedback. A draft policy from X High School and an annotated version of the Writing Policy Guidance Tool is available and explained as a model on the WebEx. If you have questions, please contact Mary Jo Rist at <> .

Resource Section

Creativity in Education Institute
The Tennessee Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education, is hosting the first annual Creativity in Education Institute, July 10-14, at Middle Tennessee State University. Create 2011 will focus on aligning classroom instruction with 21st-century learning skills. Sessions will be offered for K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, special education and resource teachers as well as principals and superintendents. By learning how to integrate the arts into all content areas, teachers will be trained to design, deliver and assess academic content in a way that engages students as active participants in their own learning. Administrators will understand the importance of creativity to learning and utilize the arts as a way of establishing and/or enhancing professional learning communities among faculty.
Kentucky teachers, administrators and teaching artists have been offered a discounted registration of $175, including all sessions, room and board. Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) Arts Education Director Carrie Nath requests that Kentucky educators contact her at <>  or (502) 564-8110, ext. 486. For more information, go to <> or contact Kim Leavitt, director of Arts Education, Tennessee Arts Commission at <>  or (615) 532-5934.
Textbook Alternatives
Given that school systems have not seen textbook money for a couple of years, superintendents may want to have staff become familiar with open source and online textbooks. To start the conversation, we have provided the following links: <> ; <> <>
Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) First Online SB 1 Information Module and Workshop Registration
The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is announcing workshops for postsecondary faculty led by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, the Kentucky Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and the P-20 College and Career Readiness Lab. These informational workshops will reinforce the material shared in the Leadership Networks regarding the implementation of Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards. The workshops also will include sessions on assessment, English/language arts standards and mathematics standards. Modules on these items will be released soon.
Postsecondary faculty can register for this online course or for the informational workshops through the <> website. This website provides valuable information regarding SB 1 P-20 activities available around the state.

Visiting Teacher From Spain Program
The Visiting Teacher from Spain program is a collaboration between KDE and the Spanish Ministry of Education to provide certified, experienced Spanish language, ESL and K-12 content teachers to Kentucky schools. For more information, please see: <>

The letter of intent to apply for a visiting teacher from Spain is due to Jacque Van Houten by March 15. For a copy of the letter of intent or if you have any questions, contact Van Houten at ( <>  .

Spanish Language and Culture Assistants Program
The Ministry of Education of Spain and the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. offer a Spanish Language and Culture Assistants Program for primary, middle and high schools in the U.S. This program gives students of Spanish an opportunity to learn Spanish language and culture from native speakers. The Spanish assistants have the opportunity to learn about American culture and use their knowledge upon their return to Spain, helping to develop cultural understanding between the two countries. The Language & Culture Assistants from Spain can be college students in their senior year or may already have a B.A. The assistants’ salaries ($1,000 a month) and medical insurance are paid by the Spanish Ministry of Education from October to June (both inclusive). The schools/school districts/universities with Spanish Resource Centers will provide lodging and transportation for the same period. You may request an application form from the Education Advisor that services your area: <>  or send an e-mail to <> . The deadline is March 31.

International Opportunities
Please see the attached opportunities for teachers and administrators to engage in international programming activities. Note that the deadlines for participation are quickly approaching.
       Intnl Opps.doc <cid:c5272544-7160-42ec-a266-e048ef2ccfac>
2nd Annual Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award
The Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education (KACE), Office of the Secretary of State, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA), McConnell Center and KDE encourage you to apply for the second annual Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.
A civic educator from each of the 16 regions of the KHSAA Sweet 16 State Basketball tournament will be honored. The overall award winner will be granted a $250 cash prize, $500 for classroom supplies and a commemorative plaque. The deadline to apply is February 28. Please see the attachment for the guidelines, criteria and application process.
       KY Civic Leadership Award 2011 final.doc <cid:c65e60b8-b5fa-46c6-87ee-ac5fde52dac7>
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