LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2012) — The University of Kentucky will host a forum at noon Monday, Nov. 19, featuring Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton. The topic of the forum will be the new core content standards adopted in Kentucky, and what recently released test scores mean for students, families, schools and the community. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The forum will be held in Room 230 of the UK Student Center.
Kentucky was the first state to adopt new, more rigorous, national content standards that have been internationally benchmarked against the top performing nations in the world. These new standards require students to learn at much higher levels than in the past. To track the progress, students took more challenging state tests last spring. The new proficiency targets are harder for kids to meet, and school benchmarks are more stringent. The work is harder – in the classroom and on the tests students take – but the goal is to better prepare students for college and the workplace. This forum aims to answer any questions people may have about these new standards and what the test scores mean.
For more information about the new standards, testing, and scores, students can also visit www.morethanascore.net.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, (859) 257-5343; Jenny.Wells@uky.edu