Communities of Practice (COPs):



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The December webcast has been archived at:
Video and audio -- mms:// <mms://>

Downloadable audio podcast -- <>

This was a joint webcast with David Couch, associate commissioner of the Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Systems (KIDS). The goal of this joint webcast was to strengthen the collaboration efforts between district technology coordinators and instructional supervisors. As districts enhance strategies for infusing new and innovative technologies into the curriculum, it is important to ensure the technology infrastructure is in place to advance the implementation of various instructional technology initiatives (i.e. one-to-one, use of iPads). There will be one more joint webcast, to be scheduled for spring.
The next ISN webcast is scheduled for February 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET. More information about the topics for this webcast will be forthcoming.

Senate Bill 1 (2009) Update

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).  

Content Standards Revision: Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards
Science: The committee working on the Conceptual Framework for the Next-Generation Science Standards for K-12 has announced that it anticipates releasing the framework in spring 2011. Once released, Achieve, Inc. will use the framework to begin authoring the Next-Generation Standards. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) anticipates the release of the standards in the latter part of this calendar year.

Social Studies: There are two groups working on the Common State Social Studies Standards. One group is the steering committee, and the other is the task force. Through webinars, the steering committee has been working on establishing the criteria for the social studies standards and will present this work to the task force in an upcoming face-to-face meeting in Atlanta. In February, the early drafts of the conceptual framework will be reviewed by the committee members. Once the conceptual framework is finalized, the drafting of the standards will begin. The projected timeframe for the common state social studies standards is spring 2012.

New Library Media Connections: Library media specialists across the state work closely with content-area teachers to support the curriculum and to provide guidance in research, literacy and innovative technologies. A crosswalk document is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) to assist educators in their collaborations addressing Common Core Standards and information literacy standards. Visit this link <> to learn how Kentucky library media standards align with KCAS. Learn more about Kentucky’s library media guidelines in Beyond Proficiency @ your library <> ®. Please share this information with your building leaders so that there is a coordinated effort focused on the implementation of the new standards.

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) in the New Standards: In the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards, there is no numerical reference to DOK as was the case in the Core Content v 4.1. Rather, the cognitive complexity is embedded in the language of the standards. Additional information about the standards can be found here: <> <>
Leadership Networks
The Leadership Networks have worked diligently to reach consensus on the KCAS and then to translate them into learning targets. The first set of draft deconstructions are now available on the KDE website at: <>
That site will continue to be populated with more drafts as they become available.
Several internal and external groups are providing feedback on this draft set of deconstructions. Those groups include curriculum/content specialists from the state of Indiana, the Kentucky Committee for Mathematics Achievement, the Kentucky Writing Project, the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and the Pearson Assessment Training Institute (including Rick Stiggins, Jan Chappuis, Carol Commodore, Cassandra Erkens and Janet Malone), among others. As comments and feedback are gathered, our network/KDE content specialists will compile, review and bring those back to the teacher leaders throughout our networks for discussion and possible revision. By the end of May 2011, KDE will post a complete set of deconstructed standards. As the standards are implemented in Kentucky classrooms throughout the 2011-12 school year, additional suggestions for revisions will be made based on their utility and clarity for designing both instructional and assessment experiences.

While we have “jigsawed” the complete set of KCAS across our Leadership Networks to ensure sufficient study, discussion and interpretation, we are working to deconstruct EVERY standard at each grade level. In adopting the Common Core State Standards (the KCAS), Kentucky has made them all mandatory for teaching, learning and assessment purposes. Our current assessment and accountability proposal includes assessing all of the standards. There is no discussion of prioritizing any standards. The assessment consortia are not discussing this as an aspect in the development of new common assessments for 2015. It will be imperative to revise/design curricula to look at all of the standards for teaching, learning and assessment purposes in your schools and districts. Our Leadership Networks will begin to have discussions and provide sample models of basic pacing guides/curriculum maps for each grade level in the next few meetings. Of course, until they are field-tested, we cannot predict a ”best” model.

Leading Professional Development in Classroom Assessment for Student Learning Seminars
Due to continued interest and requests, KDE is partnering with the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, the Kentucky Association for School Superintendents and the Central Kentucky Education Cooperative to host two more of these two-day seminars designed to equip potential learning team facilitators with the information and tools they need to launch and facilitate learning teams around the Classroom Assessment for Student Learning framework.
Since the summer of 2009, KDE has co-sponsored approximately 15 of these sessions statewide for more than 1,500 Kentucky educators. Almost every district in the state has sent representatives to one of the sessions. Participants in the Content Leadership Networks have been engaging in a comprehensive study of the materials so that they are adequately prepared to implement and facilitate learning teams at the local level. Relying on your district leadership team is critical to this process and will promote effective practices to ensure high-quality implementation.

Assessment and Accountability System

During its meeting in December, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE)approved the goals and guiding principles of the accountability model that fulfills the requirements of 2009’s Senate Bill 1. The most recent draft of the white paper is attached but is still being finalized. For more information on the proposed accountability model go to: <>  
The board will have its first reading of the accountability regulations in February 2011 and the final reading in April 2011. Department staff will continue to gain stakeholder feedback on the proposed model. For more insight on the model, check out Education Commissioner Terry Holliday’s blog at <> .

Program Reviews
The board heard an update on the Program Reviews, including that they have been piloted in 48 schools in 34 districts, with the goal of looking at the effectiveness of school-wide programs. Due to feedback from the pilot schools, the rubrics for the Program Reviews are still being revised.

World language came forward during the December KBE meeting as a fourth potential area to be included in the accountability model for a Program Review. Several constituent groups urged the board to make world language a separate Program Review, rather than part of the arts & humanities area. No final decision was made on this at the December meeting, and the specific weights for the Program Reviews in the accountability system also must be determined. A survey <>  has been developed to gather feedback to share with the KBE during its February meeting. This survey will be available until Friday, January 21. Please encourage your schools to participate.

College and Career Readiness Initiatives

Early College Planning RFA Posted on KDE’s Website
KDE will select up to six districts to engage in a planning process to institute an early college program. A minimum of $100,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.
General Requirements
Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. Funds are being made available to districts for the purpose of planning an early college high school program. Applicants must describe the planning process they will undertake to design and implement an early college high school program, including how such a program will be communicated to middle and high school students at risk of dropping out. The planning process must include recruitment of teachers, counselors and students for the early college program, resources provided by the district and higher education partner, expected outcomes and how the program will be sustained over time. The program must be implemented during the school year immediately following the planning timeframe. Districts must have at least one higher education partner and must submit their early college plans to KDE and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) no later than June 30.
Announcements per this grant opportunity will be coming soon.

Three STEM Related RFAs Posted on KDE’s Website
Scaling up the work related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) are strategies within the state’s Unified College and Career Ready Plan.
KDE is providing grants for three STEM-related areas utilizing the PLTW Curriculum. The three areas are Engineering Pipeline, Energy Technology Engineering Career Pathway and Biomedical Sciences Career Pathway.
PLTW is a middle school and high school project- and problem-based contextual learning curriculum. PLTW seeks to create dynamic partnerships with schools and industry in order to prepare an increasing and more diverse group of students for success in engineering and engineering technology programs. Students interested in math, science and the human body will find the PLTW Biomedical Sciences™ program a great introduction to the numerous medical fields. It also will teach them how the skills they learn are used in the biomedical sciences.

PLTW understands your educational needs and allows you, your students, your school and your district to make a difference every day. With a hands-on, real-world curriculum, PLTW is the fastest-growing formal and rigorous STEM education program in the country. The curriculum includes courses in engineering and biomedical sciences for all students from middle through high school. Further, the PLTW curriculum produces results:

  • PLTW graduates are 5 to 10 times more likely than non-PLTW graduates to study postsecondary engineering and technology.
  • 95 percent of PLTW seniors say they’re excited and prepared for college and careers.
  • 97 percent of PLTW seniors intend to pursue four-year degrees.

PLTW is about more than just science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s about learning real skills, solving real problems and making real discoveries about the world. In PLTW classes, students work hands-on with technology, in a team environment, that other students only read about. Instead of listening to a lecture about scientific principles and theories, PLTW students get to put them to the test in fun, exciting ways. Students build contraptions, learn about drafting and graphic design on the computer, use professional-grade software and lab equipment, and have fun while learning. A PLTW class is the first step on your students’ life journey of imagination, innovation and discovery.
Click here <>  to see all competitive grants available from KDE.

Writing Policy Review Update
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, guiding details for district assessment coordinators (DACs), is designed to support districts with the process of reviewing each school’s writing policy and providing them feedback. Using a draft policy from X High School and an annotated version of the Writing Policy Guidance Tool, which are both available at the same Web link, the WebEx explains and models the process for districts.
If you have questions, please contact Mary Jo Rist at <> .

Resource Section

Content Reading for Content Learning
Join Heather Lattimer on January 25 from  5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET to discuss various approaches for using discipline-based texts to support content-area learning. She will share research-grounded, classroom-tested strategies for engaging students with challenging texts that are authentic to the discipline. Only 100 virtual seats are available for this Web seminar, so you must register early <> .
New Math@Home now online
Are you looking for a way to help parents get more involved in their children’s mathematics education? With the enhanced version of MetaMetrics’ popular Math@Home utility, parents have easier access to a growing number of mathematical materials and activities that support the lessons you’re teaching in school.
By entering the child’s grade and Quantile® measure from his or her Kentucky Core Content Test score report, parents can then select the child’s textbook to find ability-appropriate, family-friendly resources, like games, books, worksheets and websites that will provide the child with extra help on the skills and concepts covered in any textbook lesson.
You can access Math@Home resources at <> .
EDI to help with reform
KDE has been selected to join five other states working with the U.S. Education Delivery Institute <> (U.S. EDI) to enhance our processes for driving progress and delivering results. The institute is working with Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee to set targets, plan strategies, monitor data and solve problems related to the implementation of reforms. There is no cost to KDE to participate in the project.

Sir Michael Barber, founder of the U.S. EDI, and Kathy Cox, CEO of U.S. EDI, spent the day at KDE on December 2. They met with KDE staff engaged in planning to deliver results and also made a presentation to some of our key stakeholders, including Education and Workforce Development Secretary Joe Meyer, Education Professional Standards Board Executive Director Phillip Rogers and Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King.
You can learn more about this work by watching Barber’s presentation at the link below. A brief summary of “deliverology” and the PowerPoint that accompanied Barber’s talk are attached.
Video and audio: mms:// <mms://>
Downloadable audio podcast: <>

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