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MARCH 2011
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 Tuesday, March 29, at 3 p.m. ET. The topics will include school readiness, the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) and the College and Career Readiness agenda.
The February 25 webcast can be accessed by clicking one of the links below:
Video and audio
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Downloadable audio podcast <>
Senate Bill 1 (2009) Update

Education Matters Looks at Standards
The next Education Matters, airing at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 22, on KET, explores how innovative statewide networks of teachers and administrators are deconstructing, disseminating and implementing new standards.
Joining host Bill Goodman to discuss standards implementation are Michael Miller, director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education; Leslie Burns, program chair of English Education at the University of Kentucky’s College of Education; Kricket McClure, assistant superintendent in the Henry County school district; and Seth Hunter, math specialist at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.
Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards
Two documents are now available for mathematics educators to assist with aligning mathematics curriculum with the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards in mathematics. The first document, A Closer Look at the Progressions of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, grades K – HS, provides teachers and administrators grade-band progressions of the standards, overviews of each grade level with expectations and standards by domain and clusters for each grade level K-8. A progression table is also provided. The second, Curriculum Shifts 2011, contains changes that are new in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. These changes are compared to the concepts in Core Content for Assessment 4.1. This document shows concepts that have been shifted/moved to a different grade level in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Mathematics. This should not be considered an exhaustive list and may be refined.
Both documents can be found here <> .

Leadership Networks
As you know, the leadership networks have been working on reviewing and editing deconstructed standards <> . The last sessions of the 2010-11 school year are coming to an end. By mid May, KDE will have available model pacing guides/maps, planning quality learning experiences/assessments for the upcoming school year. The timeline for the work of the Kentucky Leadership Networks through 2013 is attached.

Leadership Networks Timeline 2010-2013.pdf <cid:8d301db5-2587-4db7-a34f-46d22348fbda>  
With the adoption of the Common Core Standards in Kentucky (now called “Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards”), all districts are facing the challenge of revising, editing or rewriting local curricula. The authors of the Common Core Standards (CCS) emphatically state that while the standards do define the content (or the ‘WHAT’), they do not prescribe HOW to teach or assess them. That is the function of the curriculum. KDE is sharing the attached document to assist in this planning process.  This resource comes from What Works in Schools:  Translating Research into Action by Robert Marzano. Bulleted items are suggestionsfor making the transition to Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards by 2011-12.

Action Steps for Developing Revising Curricula Revised Jan 2011.pdf <cid:bdea1b87-5217-4716-bda9-859cf1341a16>

Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS)
A new online technology platform will debut in late April 2011 for Kentucky educators. This system, known as the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS), will be the “one-stop shop” access for Kentucky’s standards, assessments, instructional resources, professional development, teacher effectiveness and evaluation process, and school and district improvement plan software. There will be three phases to fully launch this system.

Phase 1 Late Spring 2011

  • core academic standards for ELA/math
  • Program of Studies, Core Content for Assessment 4.1
  • deconstructed standards for ELA/math
  • open up to network cohort

Phase 2 Late Summer 2011

  • link core academic standards for ELA/math to some number of materials
  • begin opening to teachers and provide workshops and Web-based training

Phase 3 Early 2012

  • load student data and standardized assessments, which will be linked to the standards and materials
  • provide data coach workshops to enable teachers to use CIITS to inform instruction

Phase 4 Fall 2012

  • formative assessments

Phase 5 Spring 2013

  • incorporate teacher and principal effectiveness

Optional Phase 6 Fall 2013

  • configure and rollout school and district improvement planning

See attached graphic for more information.  

  20110316 CIITS Roadmap.doc <cid:07df6758-3390-4371-865e-b6b1bab99f2a>  

Assessment and Accountability System Update

College and Career Readiness Measure
Last fall, Kentucky got a preview of the College and Career Readiness Rate (CCRR). It will be publicly reported again in 2011. The CCRR will include a readiness percentage for each high school, to be calculated by dividing the number of high school graduates who have successfully met one indicator of readiness by the total number of graduates. An individual student may only be attributed to the calculation one time. The indicators of readiness will include a student’s meeting the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s System-Wide Benchmarks on the ACT in reading, English and mathematics or the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s College Placement Test Benchmarks or career measures as defined by the Kentucky Department of Education. Each is further described below.   

The basis of the CCRR is ACT scores from the state and national ACT administrations in the state of Kentucky. National test data will be collected each summer for inclusion in the calculation. KDE will include ACT national assessments from 2008 through June 2011.  
As referenced above, in the college placement tests benchmarks, KDE is supporting COMPASS® administration statewide. Students’ test scores from the KDE COMPASS® system will be included in the CCRR. KDE also is working with administrators of the KYOTE placement exam to develop the process to collect student-level data. KYOTE has developed a mathematics exam.  

Industry certificates will be included in the 2011 CCRR as the career component. KDE representatives are working with the U.S. military to obtain Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores. Various advisory stakeholder groups are providing suggestions for expanding the measures included in the CCR rate. Some of the suggestions include the Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA) and WorkKeys. Final decisions will be made by the Kentucky Board of Education during its April and June meetings.  

Transforming Education in Kentucky Task Force  
After a year of research and discussions, the Governor’s Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky <> completed its study of the education system in the Commonwealth. The task force presented Governor Steve Beshear with its final report, including 35 recommendations that the group believes would enable Kentucky to better prepare all of its students for success in the 21st century. See the full report here <> .

Kindergarten Readiness Screener
A recommendation of the Governor’s Early Childhood Task Force is to “identify and implement a screening tool for children’s transition and entry into kindergarten and coordinate its use with other child assessment requirements.” In order to implement this recommendation, KDE Early Childhood staff have researched kindergarten screening practices in other states, finding that many states use a single, statewide screening tool. Last fall, KDE surveyed districts to determine what screening instruments are commonly used across districts. The survey revealed that DIAL 3 and Brigance are the most prevalent.
During the 2011-12 school year, Early Childhood staff will be convening various work groups to plan for statewide implementation of a kindergarten screener for the 2012-13 school year.
Primary Diagnostic WebEx Available
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. There is a WebEx recording that is available to provide further guidance to schools and districts around the primary diagnostic assessment <> .

College and Career Readiness Agenda

As of March 18, a total of 145 districts have submitted their signed Commonwealth Commitment Pledges. The map <> of these districts presents a visual display of district commitments submitted to date.
A different strategy in the College and Career Readiness plan will be highlighted every other week in the Commission’s Fast Five on Friday message. On February 14, Targeted Interventions <>  were highlighted. On February 25, Acceleration Strategies <> were highlighted. Collection and Use of Data was featured in today’s Fast Five on Friday.
The Fast Five on Friday messages are archived here <> .

Kentucky TELL Survey
More than 32,000 educators have responded to the TELL Kentucky Survey; however, there are school districts that remain below the required 50 percent response rate. Superintendents and principals are encouraged to check the response rate of schools and encourage staff to complete the survey. The deadline for response is March 25.
To check your district’s response rate, go to <> .

Announcement/Resource Section

Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
Superintendents, principals and other school leaders who are helping shape schools to prepare students for a digital, global age have a new resource in Kentucky. The Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) is moving to the University of Kentucky College of Education (pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees). The center partners with regional educational organizations and schools to facilitate the implementation of technologies that help improve teaching and student learning. At UK, CASTLE will work with the College of Education’s Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab.
To read the press release, go to <> .

Teacher Academies
KDE, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, KET and the University of Kentucky P20 Civics Engagement Lab, will present three academies for teachers in June 2011. These include two traditional Arts Academies in Music & Dance and in Drama & Visual Arts, as well as a Next Generation Academy that will integrate social studies and technology with four art forms: drama, music, dance and visual arts. Applications must be submitted electronically by March 31. For further information and the online application, please click here <>  or contact Jeffrey Jamner at <> or (502) 562-0703.

National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7
KDE’s Coordinated School Health team encourages Kentucky schools to participate in National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7. One way to do that is to become involved in Let’s Move in School, a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during and after school. The first 10,000 schools to register <>  will receive a LMIS poster, and one lucky school will win a visit from a President's Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member – a federal supporter of this initiative. To register a school celebration, find out more about the initiative and access promotional videos, tools and more, visit <> . For more information, contact KDE Consultant Jamie Sparks. <>

Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes Professional Development Program
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is offering the Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes professional development program. Educators from across the country will be exploring the connections among American art, technology and your curricula. Middle/junior and high school core subject teachers may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies and English/language arts teachers. The application deadline is April 8, and institute dates are July 18–22 and August 1–5. For more information and to apply, please visit <> .

Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present an Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teachingon June 27-29 for arts organization staff, teachers, principals and school district administrators. Registration is now available. It is recommended that participants attend as a team from a school including staff from a partnering arts organization. For more information and to register, visit <> .

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Date Modified 1/18/11