Kentucky educators on Monday ( February 20, 2012) heard more details about the state’s new common core standards from Education Commissioner Terry Holiday.
- The goal is for every student to be prepared for college or a career by the time he or she graduates high school.
- Just 38 percent of 2011 graduates were ready to enter college without taking any remediation courses, he said. “We want to eliminate that issue in Kentucky,” he said.
- The new test results cannot be compared to the old test results because the new ones are based on getting students ready for college and careers, Holliday said.
- While 70 to 80 percent of students were at least at a proficient level under the old system, officials are expecting that rate to drop 15 to 20 percent.
- New support tool for teachers to implement the common core standards into the classroom, called CIITS, or Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System. CIITS is an online tool that lists the new standards, gives sample test questions for the new assessments and provides resources to help teach the standards in class.
- Grades 3-8: Students in grades three through eight will take Kentucky-Performance Rating for Educational Progress, which replaces KCCT, Sims said. K-PREP will cover reading, math, science, social studies and writing.
- High schoolers: will take end-of-course assessment for four subjects: U.S. history, biology, algebra II and English II, Sims said. The tests are created by the same company that makes the ACT.
- End-of-course: They will be given whenever students complete the course,