Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
2:13 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Key to JCPS' Elementary School Choice? Parent Involvement in the Process.

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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This is the first of a two part series. On Friday, we'll look at how Jefferson County Public Schools elementary clusters compare and what's being done to improve parent engagement in school choice.

The application process for Jefferson County public elementary schools begins Monday, bringing another batch of incoming kindergartners' parents to confront the choice of schools.

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Politics
8:01 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Failed Education Tax Vote Puts Spotlight on Kentucky School Funding

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The failure of an education tax in Colorado has a school choice proponent arguing for local voters to have a larger role in deciding how to fund Kentucky public schools.

It's part of a larger discussion that elected leaders and policy makers will face in next year's General Assembly as taxpayers see annual property tax hikes even as the state has cut education funding.

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Education
2:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

George Unseld Pre-Kindergarten Center Spotlighted Ahead Of Kentucky’s School-Ready Results

Students sit in an open lunch room at the new George Unseld Early Childhood Learning Center.

As Kentucky prepares to release the first state-wide results of its kindergarten readiness screenings, education leaders are also emphasizing the need to grow quality early childhood programs.

But funding remains the keyword that many city and state leaders echoed Tuesday, as a means to continue providing and growing early childhood programs.

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Education
8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Leads Charge in Next Generation Science Standards, Despite Challenges

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools and, like many of the others, the state has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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Education
3:35 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Resettling Agencies Say Extra Funds Improve Partnership with JCPS

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The number of refugee students in Jefferson County continues to rise at a quick pace and the agencies responsible for their resettlement say extra funding being appropriated to them has improved their relationship with the school district.

Previously, federal Refugee School Impact Grant funding was only awarded to Jefferson County Public Schools in the region.

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Education
2:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

JCPS Student 'Advanced Placement' Participation Improves, Passing Rates Dip Slightly

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Jefferson County Public Schools continues to trend upwards in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and taking the accompanying exams.

In JCPS, about half of the AP tests taken received scores that allow students to earn college credit at many higher education institutions—a perk of the AP course system—but the passing rate dipped this year after several years of gains.

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Doss High School Offers 'Work Ethic' Certificates To Get Students Ready For Workforce

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Louisville’s Doss High School is trying to improve student skills in career-readiness by introducing a work ethic certificate popular in some other Kentucky counties.

The state education department gives points for schools that prepare students for college and career. But just because a student has passed certain tests or earned certifications, it doesn’t mean they’ve learned the social skills that employers often say young people lack.

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Says Math and Middle Schools Need Improvement

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says while Kentucky students improved their overall test results from last school year, the state still needs to do a better job with math.

“We’re extremely concerned about math. We have made math our number one focus this year especially in middle schools," he says.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The JCPS Schools That Didn't Meet State Goals in Kentucky Test Results

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In Jefferson County Public Schools, 44 percent of schools didn't meet their goals as outlined by the Kentucky Department of Education in the state test results released Friday.

Here are graphics showing which JCPS schools didn't meet their state goals in the latest round of tests, plus comparisons to the overall state and JCPS averages.

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Education
12:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

JCPS Improves in Kentucky School Test Scores, but Middle Schools and Math are Concerns

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Jefferson County Public Schools has shown overall improvement in the latest Kentucky accountability test scores—and many of its struggling schools are making significant gains. But despite meeting its annual objectives, JCPS still trails behind its peers in some key measurements.

That’s according to new annual accountability results that were released by the Kentucky Department of Education Friday.

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