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2:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Testing Waivers for Kentucky School Districts of Innovation Wins House Committee Approval

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A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools participating in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation program to implement new testing methods to assess student performance.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens testified before the House Education Committee Tuesday morning, saying that alternative assessments won’t be any less rigorous than current ones.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

JCPS' Schools of Innovation Semi-Finalists Are Being Released This Week

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Louisville this week gets its first look at the semi-finalists for Jefferson County Public Schools' Schools of Innovation competition. 

Last year, JCPS asked the community to submit new, innovative concepts for schools—and 48 people or groups did. Its tied to the state's Districts of Innovation program, which frees districts of some regulations in an effort to drive new approaches to education.

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Education
5:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Last Chance to Fill Out JCPS Comprehensive School Survey Coming Up

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The last opportunity to participate in the JCPS Comprehensive School Survey will be March 7, an extended date because of the school system's nine snow days.

The survey is offered by Jefferson County Public Schools to get input on various issues related to the school system, from student safety to school cleanliness. Marco Munoz of JCPS's accountability, research  and planning office says public engagement is key to making the survey useful.

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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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Local News
6:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow (Again) Expected in Louisville Area

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Update 4:33 p.m.: Latest

Downtown Louisville is getting a rain/snow mix at the moment, but the National Weather Service is still forecasting two to four inches of snow (with more to the north) and cautioning about the Friday afternoon commute. 

In its latest update, the weather service said the mix will convert to snow in the afternoon through evening as it heads south. 

Update 12:04 p.m.: UofL Closing Early

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Education
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Have Class on Feb. 24-25 Because of Missed Days

Snow in Old Louisville earlier in February.
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Update 8:22 p.m.: School Board Gives OK

Jefferson County Public Schools students are to be in class on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, although the dates were initially on the academic calendar to be off days.

The change is being undertaken because of eight missed school days because of winter weather.

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Education
6:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Faces Join Opposition To Jefferson County School Discipline Practices

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A community group opposed to Jefferson County Public Schools’ discipline policies has gained more supporters and plans to meet this week to unify its message to the district.

Officials with the faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, say suspensions and other discipline in JCPS disproportionately affect African American students.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School kindergartners entered school ready, which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.

For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (Here's more on what "ready" means.)

Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data. 

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Education
9:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky to Release Results of Kindergarten Readiness Screenings This Week

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to release the results of its kindergarten readiness screeners this week, officials say.

The screeners test whether children entering kindergarten have the social, emotional and motor skills needed to be successful in school. They're becoming increasingly popular with states that give priority to early intervention in schools.

Last year, 109 Kentucky school districts and more than 30,000 students were screened using the Brigance screeners.

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Education
12:59 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Chart: The Times Weather Caused JCPS to Close Schools Since 1980

Third Street in downtown Louisville on Tuesday morning.
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Update March 4: Jefferson County Public Schools have now closed 11 times this school year. 

Jefferson County Public Schools (and many other Louisville area school districts) called off classes Tuesday even before snow really started falling.

It was a prescient decision—roads throughout the region became slick during the morning commute.

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