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Education
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Education Department Offers School Districts New ACT Test Dates Snow Days

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Jefferson County Public School officials will not delay state mandated ACT testing for high school juniors.

The Kentucky Education Department recently distributed a survey to school districts to find out whether the large number of snow days this academic year have harmed  test preparation.  

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Education
2:19 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Aiming to Protect Student Data

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  A bill aimed to protect student data unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate last week and will now head to the House for consideration.

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, a Lebanon Republican, sponsored the bill that primarily concentrates on monitoring information collected by third-party technology companies.

“We’re concerned about the storage of student data, aka the cloud,” he said.  “We know for a fact that some of that data is being sold and we just want to make sure that student data is private,” Higdon said.

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Education
8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Bill Introduced Requiring CPR Training For Kentucky Students

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A bill to add CPR training to the health requirements to graduate from Kentucky schools has been proposed in the General Assembly.

Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, the bill would require Kentucky high schools to include CPR training in health education.

The bill is gaining support from lawmakers across the state, including many from Jefferson County.

Without requiring students or instructors to become CPR certified, the training would provide students with hands-on skills that will enable them to respond to certain emergency situations.

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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
7:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

What 3 New Kentucky Districts of Innovation Plan To Do With Schools

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Three new Kentucky school districts have received District of Innovation status—meaning they can get waivers for a handful of state education department regulations.

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved Owensboro Independent, Owsley County and Trigg County school districts, all of which were rejected in the first group.

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Education
4:49 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

JCPS Gets 48 'School of Innovation' Proposals At Deadline

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The deadline to submit proposals for designing the next Jefferson County public school has passed, and officials say 48 individuals or groups are moving on for review.

Initially, more than 80 groups expressed interest in the School of Innovation Design Competition—which set out to change the look of public education. 

The final 48 submissions will be more than enough to determine a set of strong semi-finalists, says Jonathan Lowe, who helps lead the project for JCPS.  

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Education
7:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading

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Most Kentucky children aren't entering the fourth grade reading at grade level, according to a Kids Count report issued last week.

The gap in reading proficiency between children from low and high income families widened to about 30 percent from 2003 to 2013,  said the report, issued by Kentucky Youth Advocates. That happened in 11 others states.

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Education
2:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Half of Kentucky's Kindergartners Entered Ready for School; JCPS Results Slightly Better

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Half of Kentucky's kindergartners were ready in the fall to enter the public education system, and Jefferson County's youngest students were slightly more prepared, according to state data released Thursday afternoon.  

This school year all kindergarten students in the state were tested for readiness. Each child was tested as they entered school in five developmental areas, including social, emotional and academic skills.

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Education
7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful

This afternoon, we find out how prepared Kentucky's kindergarten students were entering the 2013-2014 school year last fall.

The Kentucky Education Department releases its first ever statewide results of its kindergarten screener.

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Education
3:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

U of L student body president Carrie Mattingly says she's planning multiple trips to the state capitol this year to advocate for more higher education funds.

As the University of Louisville's student government president, Carrie Mattingly's job is to be the voice of her peers—and she said tuition increases hurt student wallets. But so do other costs associated with college.

“Housing has gotten to be a really sizable cost," she said. "If you don’t plan for it it’s really difficult to cover that with a part time job."

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