Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 29, 2013

Forward thinking improves local schools

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

Local educators weigh-in on the factors that have resulted in Kentucky being named 10th out of the 50 states for education improvement.

According the 17th annual “Quality Counts” report, released by Education Week, the state of Kentucky improved from 14th  last year to 10th this year. The annual assessment takes in variety of factors to give the full picture of the schools’ learning environment.

The assessments are based on the following areas:

Chance for success (an assessment based on 13 key indicators to describe the essential role of education from early childhood to college and career readiness.); K-12 achievement; Standards, assessments and accountability; Transitions and alignment (focus on early childhood education through K-12.); Teaching profession; and School finance.

Barren County High School Principal Steve Riley said he thinks an increased emphasis on college and career readiness has made a big impact in Kentucky education.

“More students surveyed in college say their experience at BCHS prepared them for college,” Riley said. “Not nearly as many students would have told me that 25 years ago.”

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