Tuesday Message - May 28, 2019

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Commissioner's Tuesday Message

May 28, 2019

Feedback Sought on Draft Assessment Blueprints for Reading/Writing, Math and Social Studies

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on draft assessment blueprints for reading/writing, mathematics and social studies.

Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for KDE to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments with one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years after that on a rotating basis.

Anyone interested is invited to review the draft blueprints and share feedback and suggestions for use in the review process for the new assessments through June 22. Feedback and comments will be thoughtfully considered and any needed revisions made before bringing forward a final set of proposed blueprints for further comment and eventual approval by the Kentucky Board of Education.

Assessment blueprints can viewed and feedback can be provided by clicking reading/writing, mathematics and/or social studies. Due to the amount of text within the survey, it is recommended that surveys be completed on a full-size computer or laptop.

Revisions to Kentucky's ESSA plan available for public comment

Kentucky's Consolidated State Plan to implement the requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has been revised. The Kentucky Department of Education has released the plan for public comment and submitted it to Gov. Matt Bevin for review.

The plan required adjustments due to recent legislative changes following the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Under the federal law, state education agencies are required to submit a plan detailing the implementation of the law and how federal education dollars will be spent. After public comments and the governor's review, the state plan must be resubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for review. The plan can be accessed online. Changes since March 1 are indicated in yellow.

Public comments on the draft revisions to Kentucky’s state plan must be received by close of business May 31. Comments may be emailed to kdecommunications@education.ky.gov or submitted to Todd Allen, Deputy General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. You also may submit comments via fax at (502) 564-9321. All comments that are received timely will be considered before submission of the revised state plan to USED.

English Learner/Title III Beginning of the Year Training

Regional trainings for English Learner (EL) and Title III coordinators have been scheduled. The sessions will focus on providing guidance to district coordinators of all levels. Topics covered during training will include changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act for ELs, the civil rights requirements that must be met by all districts regardless of its EL population or funding received, and requirements under federal programs such as Title I, Part A and Title III.  

English Learner, Title III and Title I coordinators are strongly encouraged to attend. However, at least one person from each district should attend one of the six training locations regardless of whether the district receives a Title III subgrant or the number of ELs currently enrolled in the district.

Each training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. local time. Sessions may be canceled if registration is low. If your training location is canceled due to low registration, you will be contacted in order to select another training location. Register early to help ensure you get the location of your choice.

The dates and locations of each training are listed below along with the registration links.

  • July 26 – Shelbyville, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, 100 Alpine Drive
  • July 30 – Bowling Green, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, 230 Technology Way
  • July 31 – Lexington, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, 118 James Court, Suite 60
  • Aug. 1 – Ashland, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, 904 Rose Road
  • Aug. 2 – Richmond, Eastern Kentucky University, Perkins Building, 4436 Kit Carson Drive
  • Aug. 5 – Eddyville, West Kentucky Educational Cooperative, 435 Outlet Ave.

For questions, email Jessica Sanderson or call her at (502) 564-3791, ext. 4004.

Trainings for New Title I, Part A Coordinators

Trainings for new Title I, Part A coordinators have been scheduled. The sessions will focus on providing an overview of the program’s basics to district staff with three years of experience or less. Topics will include requirements of the Title I program, an overview of monitoring processes and the review of helpful resources.

New Title I coordinators, district superintendents and finance officers are encouraged to attend. EILA credit will be awarded to attendees. Register through this Google document. For questions, email Tonia Hickman or call her at (502) 564-3791, ext. 4062.

The date and location of each meeting are listed below. All meetings are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. local time.

  • June 13 – Eddyville, West Kentucky Educational Cooperative Conference Center, 435 Outlet Ave.
  • June 18 – Bowling Green, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, 230 Technology Way
  • June 21 – Shelbyville, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, 100 Alpine Drive
  • June 27 – Ashland, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, 904 Rose Road
  • June 28 – London, Southeast/South-Central Educational Cooperative, London Training Center, 55 Waco Drive
  • July 16 – Lexington, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, 118 James Court, Suite 60

KDE Offering Evaluation Training for Administrators

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is the official provider for the 2019-2020 Initial Certified Evaluation Training for administrators newly assigned to the role of evaluator of certified personnel. The two-day training, including the assessment, is required per KRS 156.557 and 704 KAR 3:370.

All new evaluators of certified personnel are required to attend. Visit the Principal Partnership Project website for information about dates and locations, and to register.

KDE also will provide a separate, one-day, six-hour update training for experienced administrators. Districts may choose to fulfill the requirement by applying for their own EILA certificates and providing the training in their district, but KDE is providing regional options for districts that choose not to do their own in-house training. Six hours of update training is required annually for all experienced administrators per KRS 156.557 and 704 KAR 3:370.

Any experienced evaluator of certified personnel who has completed the two-day Initial Certified Evaluation Training is qualified to attend. Visit the Update Evaluation Training webpage for more information about dates, locations and to register.

There is no fee to participate in either training and the appropriate number of EILA credit hours – six for the update or 12 for the initial – will be awarded. Multiple training sites are located across the state. Advance registration is required.

All trainings are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. local time.

Sign up Now for ‘Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab’

If you are wondering how standards revisions will affect your school, your classroom or your preparation of future educators, the “Get to Know Your Standards Learning Lab: Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for 2019-2020” is for you.

Come away with a stronger understanding of the instructional implications of building standards-based instruction and assignments that align with revised standards. The day will include numerous 60-minute breakout session options geared towards teachers, administrators and post-secondary faculty.

Three dates and locations are available. Register using the appropriate link for the date and location you wish to attend.

  • June 10: Hopkinsville, Christian County Middle School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. CT
  • June 11: Louisville, Ballard High School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET
  • June 12: Grayson, East Carter Middle School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET
  • June 14: Lexington, Lexington Convention Center, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET

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Contact the standards team with any questions regarding the newly adopted standards or the standards revision process.

Rural Education Updates from the USED

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has launched a newsletter, “Education Almanac,” which is designed to cover rural education issues.

Each month, USED’s Office of Rural and Community Engagement will highlight opportunities, events, news and other information relevant to rural schools and communities. The publication also will feature schools and leaders who are rethinking education in order to make a positive difference in rural students’ lives. Subscribe to the newsletter on this USED website.


New DAC Informational Seminar Set for July 22

The New District Assessment Coordinator Informational Seminar will be presented by the Kentucky Association for Assessment Coordinators (KAAC) 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET July 22 at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Office Building, 100 Airport Road, Frankfort. Visit the KAAC website for more information or to register.


Principals Can Apply Now for the Coach Approach Pilot Scholarship

The Coach Approach Pilot (CAP) is a program facilitated by the Kentucky Department of Education’s Principal Partnership Project (P3) team designed to support principals in enhancing reflective leadership practices. The program is an opportunity for Kentucky principals to collaborate and learn together to move beyond the compliance factor of teacher evaluation to true growth and professional enhancement that supports school improvement.  

From authentic peer-to-peer conversations, innovative learning lab experiences and intensive coaching training, the pilot will serve as a statewide catalyst for principals to be lead learners and robust champions of professional reflection and growth.

Eight principals will be selected for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is June 30.


Register Now for the 2019 Persistence to Graduation Summit: Safe and Supportive Learning

The 2019 Persistence to Graduation Summit: Safe and Supportive Learning, will be July 9-10 at the Lexington Convention Center and will feature peer-led interactive breakout sessions.

Keynote speakers include Hamish Brewer, the 2017 National Association of Elementary School Principals Nationally Distinguished Principal from Virginia; and Marietta Watts, executive diversity liaison for the University of Kentucky’s Office of Institutional Diversity and leader of UK’s Unconscious Bias Initiative. Summit topics will include well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and supportive learning environments, effective use of education technology, student transition and re-engagement strategies and alternative education.

EILA credit and CEUs for social workers will be available.

Registration is free on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees are responsible for registering themselves. Use the discount code PTG2019 in order to attend at no charge when you register on the AdvancEd website. You must use this discount code to avoid being charged a registration fee.


Registration Is Open for Continuous Improvement Summit

Join AdvancED|Measured Progress and the Kentucky Department of Education at the Continuous Improvement Summit Sept. 16-17 for practical information and inspiring stories to drive improvement.

Learn how Kentucky educators and administrators apply research-driven insights to their unique educational environment. Connect school quality to better outcomes for learners. The featured keynote speaker will be education author Anthony Muhammed.

The conference will be 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 16, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Lexington Convention Center. Visit the AdvancEd website to register. For additional information, see this flyer.


Elevating Evidence – Meeting ESSA’s Evidence-Based Requirements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) calls on education leaders to deepen their understanding and expand their use of evidence-based decision making. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff will host several workshops throughout Kentucky in July to introduce attendees to ESSA’s evidence-based provisions and facilitate conversations about common issues in educational research.

As part of this training, participants will evaluate a study that is relevant to their local setting and will leave with a completed study analysis that meets KDE compliance expectations. While all school and district leaders are welcome, this workshop is designed for principals and teacher leaders who want a deeper understanding of ESSA’s evidence-based practice provisions.

Three-hour morning and afternoon sessions will be offered at each location. To register, select the link below or visit KDE’s Evidence-based Practices website. Space is limited. EILA credit is available for this workshop.

Registration Link

The training sessions are:

  • July 9: Elizabethtown, Regional Postsecondary Education Center, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
  • July 11: Hazard, Hazard Community and Technical College
  • July 23: Madisonville, The Brown Badget Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center, Madisonville Community and Technical College
  • July 25: Florence, Gateway Community and Technical College
  • July 30: Grayson, Rocky Adkins Pavilion, Ashland Community and Technical College
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