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Kentucky Commissioner of Education announces retirement

Terry Holliday to retire on Aug. 31

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 1, 2015) — Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday today announced his retirement effective Aug. 31. Holliday has served as commissioner since July 2009.

Terry Holliday
Terry Holliday

During his tenure, Holliday successfully implemented many reform efforts including Senate Bill 1 (2009) that mandated new academic standards, new aligned assessments and a balanced accountability system; a Professional Growth and Effectiveness System for teachers, principals and superintendents; and a comprehensive system of school and district improvement planning and support – all with reduced administrative funding.

Kentucky improved dramatically its graduation rate and the percentage of students who graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The state also has secured continuous federal flexibility via a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the 2018-19 school year.

Holliday has served on national-level groups, including the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers for which he also served as president; the National Assessment Governing Board; the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting; and the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

In October 2014, the National Association of State Boards of Education named Holliday its Policy Leader of the Year and in March 2015, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards named Holliday the recipient of the prestigious 2015 James A. Kelly Award.

In 2012, the Kentucky Board of Education approved a four-year extension to his initial contract. The contract was to run through Aug. 4, 2017 at a salary of $225,000 per year.