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9:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Indiana's ISTEP+ Test Results Mapped Out

Districts in shades of green saw increases in their ISTEP scores. Districts in shades of brown saw decreases. The deeper the color, the bigger the change in the district’s pass rate.

Our friends at the State Impact project in Indiana have mapped out yesterday's ISTEP+ exam results by school district.

As WFPL reported Wednesday, ISTEP+ scores--which measures third through eighth grade students in English language arts and math--improved slightly over last year. In southern Indiana school districts, scores in English dropped but improved in math.

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Education
3:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

English Scores Drop In Southern Indiana Schools, Math Scores Improve

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English language arts test scores have dropped in southern Indiana schools as they continue lagging behind their peers, according to preliminary ISTEP+ exam results issued by the Indiana Department of Education today. 

Greater Clark County Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin says it's interesting that English scores dropped in the region and he couldn't provide a guess as to why.

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Education
10:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Follow Up: Check Out Public Montessori School Enrollment Numbers for Jefferson County Public Schools

Earlier this month, WFPL reported on the increased student enrollment at the Montessori School of Louisville, which more than doubled the number of students it serves.

Montessori education is an approach that combines grade levels in the same classroom and uses hands-on learning techniques to teach students.  

We have since received the enrollment numbers in Jefferson County Public Schools' three Montessori programs and thought we'd share them.

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Education
2:19 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Students Improve In Graduation, College-and-Career Readiness Rates

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Kentucky’s high school graduation rate is one of the highest in state history and education officials say more students are finishing college and career ready than ever before.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Tuesday in announcing the preliminary results of new assessment data that will officially be released later this month. The state posted an 86 percent graduation rate this year, improving from the 78 percent rate in 2012. 

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Education
11:52 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Listen (and Learn) More About Kentucky's New Science Standards: The Why and How

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Kentucky is moving forward with new science standards following a controversial week of rejection and then embrace as Gov. Steve Beshear announced he would use his powers to override any legislative committee's decision to block implementation.

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Education
2:27 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

What's Next For Kentucky's New Science Standards?

Kentucky’s new science standards could face more legislative opposition, but educators are expected to convene as early as this month to begin training for implementation for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Next Generation Science Standards that were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education this year revise science education in general, but have drawn controversy for expanding on evolution and climate change.

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Education
5:05 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

U of L Hiring Auditor, Consolidating Management To Improve Financial Oversight

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The University of Louisville has announced it will hire a firm to look into the school’s financial management.

The board’s decision Thursday is a response to allegations by the IRS that a high-level employee wrote himself checks in excess of $2 million.

U of L spokesman Mark Hebert says the firm will review all internal audits for the past several years, review personnel with financial responsibilities and recommend whether more oversight is needed.

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Education
1:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Kentucky—and Most States—are Spending Less Per Student Than Before the Recession, Report Says

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Kentucky lags behind its peers for funding its public education system since the recession, a new report from the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

The report released Thursday shows 34 states provide less per-student funding than they did in 2008. Of those, 15 states are giving less than they did a year ago.

Kentucky is among both these groups.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Committee Rejects New Science Standards; Beshear Will Override the Decision

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will override a legislative committee’s decision to reject new science standards that would have updated what Kentucky students should be learning in schools.

The Kentucky Board of Education already approved the Next Generation Science Standards this year, but the the state legislative committee had to also approve the changes.

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