Superintendents and school board members have been visible and vocal participants in the first two of 11 regional town hall forums on redesigning the state’s school accountability system. KSBA is encouraging that participation to continue.
The meetings on "defining school success" are being hosted by Commissioner Stephen Pruitt to gather ideas and suggestions for use in developing a new and more effective accountability system.
In a news release, Pruitt said, "It is my goal to collaborate with legislators, educators, students and the public to produce a system that is fair, reliable, valid and easier to understand than what we have now." The work also is being driven by Congress’ recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA shifts much of the oversight and responsibility for schools from the federal government to the state – including how accountability is determined and how to define and improve low performing schools.
Here are the rest of the meeting dates and locations:
Tonight, March 29 Owensboro, Daviess Co. High School Auditorium
Thursday, March 31 Hazard, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
Thursday, April 7 Lexington, Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Monday, April 11 Corbin, Southeast/Southcentral Educational Cooperative – Corbin Center
Monday, April 18 Ashland, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation – Conference Center
Thursday, April 21 Louisville, Seneca High School Magnet Career Academy – Stickler Theatre
Monday, April 25 Highland Heights, Northern Kentucky University Votruba Student Union – Ballroom
Wednesday, April 27 Bowling Green, GRREC Offices and Training Center
Thursday, April 28 Murray, Murray Middle School Auditorium
Anyone unable to attend the meetings will still have the opportunity to submit suggestions and comments at: KyEdListens@education.ky.gov.