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Prichard Committee praises proposed education bill, but says it could be stronger

SB1 goes before full House

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2017) — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence praised a House committee’s advancement today of an education bill, but said the bill could still be made stronger to support education.

The Prichard Committee said SB1, which passed a House education committee and now goes before the full House, includes: “aligned tests that truly assess what students need to know and be able to do to be ready for postsecondary life and work, and recognition that relevant and rigorous career and technical education are critical components of our education delivery system, remain central to the bill’s intent.”

It also includes “formalizing a standards review process for all subjects has remained intact,” said the Prichard Committee. “This approach will help ensure Kentucky’s standards for student learning remain rigorous, modern and aligned to college and career readiness. The staggered approach to reviewing the standards will allow important time for teachers to receive the necessary professional development to implement the standards in the classroom with the highest fidelity – resulting in stronger student outcomes.”

Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Prichard Committee executive director, said in a statement: “We are pleased that the House Education Committee expressed support for SB1’s overall focus on student achievement and closing achievement gaps. The committee still believes that SB1 would be strengthened by the addition of an explicitly stated ambitious goal, expressed by the General Assembly to guide the commonwealth in moving from the middle of education rankings nationally to the top tier of all states in this generation.”

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky.

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