ERIC Number: ED437203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Gaining Ground: Hard Work and High Expectations for Kentucky Schools.
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.; Partnership for Kentucky School Reform, Lexington.; Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington.
In response to well-documented concerns over America's educational crisis, Kentucky initiated the nation's most sweeping set of educational reforms with the 1990 passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. This report examines the accomplishments of these reform efforts since 1990 and makes recommendations for future action. Following an introduction and executive summary, the report focuses on developing learning goals and presenting information on student progress, improving the quality of teaching, and engaging community support for public education. The report indicates that in the early grades, Kentucky students rank nationally among the top states in improvement, with test scores comparable to states that historically have been higher. However, minority students have not gained as much as white students, and students from Jefferson County and eastern and south central areas have not gained as much as those in other areas of the state. Boys have not improved as much as girls. Middle school results have been discouraging, with too little progress, despite above-average NAEP reading scores and increases in NAEP math scores. The report argues that more and faster progress is needed and will require more effective content instruction for all children. The report's recommendations to enhance the rate of improvement focus on improving reading instruction in the early grades and improving the quality of training available to current and future teachers. The report's appendix includes student assessment results for elementary, middle school, and high school students. (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, State Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, P.O. Box 1658, Lexington, KY 40588. Tel: 800-928-2111 (Toll Free); Tel: 606-233-9849; Fax: 606-233-0760; e-mail: email@example.com
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.; Partnership for Kentucky School Reform, Lexington.; Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990