Kentucky education chief weighs in on assessments, standards

Kentucky’s new education commissioner says the statewide system of assessing student achievement remains "a work in progress."   

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt also revealed some changes to state standards. He says calculus will be added to math standards, and cursive writing will be added to English standards.

Pruitt set out some goals Thursday while giving an update on Kentucky’s public education system.      

Pruitt says the state has made big gains in high school graduation rates and in the college and career readiness of those students. He says the biggest challenges include closing achievement gaps, especially for students coming from low-income homes.     

Pruitt declined to take a stance on legislation that would create a new review structure for state academic standards. He noted that per-pupil state spending lags behind the national average.

To see the department of education news release with more information on the state of education in Kentucky, click here

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