Is Kentucky moving forward?...It's
so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, the hard work that is
teaching, and forget that what we do is watched, noted, and often
praised! Kentucky education has often ranked quite low on many
measures, which has prompted money and hard work from a wide variety
of agencies and people, from the offices in Frankfort to the
hard-working teachers and administrators in the trenches.
Week, one of the most respected educational watchdog Web
periodicals, released its "Quality Counts" ranking for state
education systems. Kentucky - in no small part due to its Kentucky
Teacher Internship Program - ranked second in all 50 states for
"Improving Teacher Quality." It also ranked third in
Standards and Accountability, and 14th in "Resource Equity,"
a hallmark of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act, and a guiding force
behind the Kentucky Educational Technology System which it
Of course, this ranking does little to recognize the
importance of local control and initiative. "...School-based
decision making councils aren't recognized [by this ranking],"
said Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit in a recent press
release. "Councils provide school-level control of day-to-day
activities and involve teachers and parents in the decision-making
process....we believe the work of school councils deserves more
credit." It is at the school level that decisions about
textbooks, resources, and technology are made.
It's good to step back a bit and look, just as Education
Week has done, remembering that, of the many things we do
well, some are recognized nationally, and some just are.