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7:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky's 2014 Public School Graduates Make College-Readiness Gains

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Kentucky’s recent public school graduates have improved the state's performance on the ACT college entrance exam, but it continues to trail nationally.

The Kentucky Department of Education released results Wednesday showing improved scores for public school graduates in the four subjects tested by the ACT.

The state's results also showed gains in scores for most ethnic and gender student groups in composite scores, including African-American and Hispanic graduates. 

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Education
1:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Louisville Male High Principal, Others Face Discipline For ACT Cheating Scandal

Male High School
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Three Louisville Male High School staff members, including the principal, could have their teaching certificates revoked or face other disciplinary measures following a state investigation outlining cheating on a state test at the school.

The Kentucky Education Department report released Monday said Male High Principal David Mike, counselor Rhonda Branch and teacher Debbie Greenberg intentionally “failed to ensure the integrity” of the school’s administration of the ACT Compass test.  

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Education
11:48 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Louisville Male High School Principal Reassigned Amid State, ACT Investigations

Male High School
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Louisville Male High School's principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school's administration of the ACT test, school district officials said Monday.

Male Principal David Mike began his new role at the JCPS central office on Monday. Last week, Mike received a letter from ACT officials stating he was “no longer authorized to access, administer or oversee the administration of tests for any ACT owned or branded products.”

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Education
7:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Consider Rescheduling ACT Test Date

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Despite excessive snow days, officials with Jefferson County Public Schools have recommended the statewide ACT test for high school juniors not be rescheduled.

The decision stems from a survey issued by the Kentucky Department of Education to gauge the effect the missed school days have had on student’s preparation.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

ACT Testing Company Investigating Louisville Male High School

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School's Male High School. 

The investigation is being led by ACT Compass, according to KDE spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez. The Compass is not to be confused with the ACT college entrance exam that high school juniors take each year, though the exam can be used to measure college and career readiness or for local district assessments, says Rodriguez.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company

Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a test to state education leaders across the country.

A spokesman for ACT says Bennett will help the testing company pitch its exam called Aspire.

ACT is more widely known for its college-entry tests administered throughout the Midwest. But it is also one of many testing companies looking to sell their products to states that have adopted Common Core standards.

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Education
4:02 am
Wed August 21, 2013

ACT Releases Kentucky Test Results, Education Officials Also Release Their Version

The ACT released results according to its new scoring metrics, which are different than Kentucky's.
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The ACT testing company has released its annual college and career readiness report and it shows a drop in reading scores for Kentucky’s 2013 graduating class. But state education officials say that’s because the ACT has changed the way it measures reading and the state is not using the same benchmark system.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on ISTEP Glitches

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The president of the company that administers the ISTEP  standardized test to students across Indiana is scheduled to defend her company before a panel of state lawmakers this week.

Nearly 80,000 students were frozen out of the online portion of the test last month because of computer glitches.

CTB/McGraw-Hill  President Ellen Haley is scheduled to testify before the legislative panel Friday.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz also announced last week that the state has hired an independent contractor to review the test results.

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