Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

News of the Region

Kentucky

Stronger by Degrees Student Success Grants Awarded
May 23, 2019 – Several Kentucky campuses have received strategic initiative funding to help more students succeed in college. The Council on Postsecondary Education has awarded $50,000 each to five institutions for the improvement of student progression and completion, with an emphasis on low-income and underrepresented minority students.  Two institutions received $25,000 each to boost completion of former students with 80 or more credit hours.

KDE Seeks Feedback
May 22, 2019 – The Kentucky Department of Education is asking the public to provide feedback on draft assessment blueprints for social studies, reading/writing, and mathematics via a survey process through June 21. The feedback will be considered before a final set of proposed blueprints is presented to the Kentucky Board of Education.

Tennessee

New Report Looks at Teacher Preparation Providers
May 22, 2019 – A new report that examines the state’s Education Prep Providers—those institutions or organizations that recruit, train, and produce licensed teachers—reviews three policy considerations for improving teacher preparation.  The report was released by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Officer.

Commissioner Talks about Testing During School Visits
May 16, 2019 – During a visit to schools in the Johnson City area, the state’s education commissioner indicated that, by the end of June, a new contract with a TNReady vendor should be in place and that within the next two years, all testing questions will be publicly posted.

Virginia

Lab Helps Students Prepare for SOL Tests
May 16, 2019 – A national lab in Newport News helps students prepare for Standards of Learning exams. Students take practice tests and “can track their scores, compare them to averages, and often get an explanation of how the right answer is achieved.”  

West Virginia

Meeting on Approval of Education Proposals Cancelled
May 22, 2019 – “The West Virginia Board of Education committee that includes powerful lawmakers canceled the Wednesday meeting that members had requested. The committee members called for the meeting to vote on which possible policy, law and funding recommendations to advance. The reasoning for the cancellation was unclear, adding to confusion over what, if anything, will happen in the still technically ongoing, but now twice recessed, special legislative session on education.”
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How Does WV Rank on Education Spending?
May 22, 2019 – The US Census Bureau publishes an annual report that includes information on education spending by state.  Some note that West Virginia “spends more tax dollars on public education than all but 13 other states and DC.”  But is this the case?

Regional

New ARC Report Details Disparities in Appalachia Subregions
May 22, 2019 – Data from the American Community Survey inform a new report from the Appalachia Regional Commission showing that certain parts of Appalachia lag behind other parts of the region in various areas. The report includes a snapshot of education in Appalachia.