GEAR-UP Kentucky schools announced

A third round of GEAR-UP Kentucky schools has been announced by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. GEAR-UP Kentucky – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – is a federally funded program to increase college and career readiness among some of the state’s more economically challenged public school students. It works on changing…

New high school graduation study provides still more evidence: Minimum Age 18 for dropping out does not matter

A new study from the America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations discusses states that were leaders and laggards in high school graduation rate trends between 2002 and 2009. The report’s listing of those leaders and laggards is interesting. This first table shows data for the states that America’s Promise say had the biggest high…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 1

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in about Kentucky’s nation-leading exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Unfortunately, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates are…

Operation Preparation kicks off in Kentucky schools today

It’s a chance for members of the community to get involved with motivating eighth and tenth grade students towards college and careers. Under Operation Preparation, specially trained adults in participating school districts (see map) discuss the following with students: • Career aspirations, required education/training and workforce skills • Whether the student is on target to…