Sunday, June 02, 2002

State must detail plan

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Within two weeks, Kentucky education officials will submit to their federal counterparts a preliminary report showing how its K-12 schools plan to comply with parts of the “No Child Left Behind Act.”

        The state must spell out its plans, which makes the department eligible for the $45 million in federal education funding, even though some of the federal requirements do not kick in for years.

        Details of the Kentucky plan are still being written.

        When the Kentucky Board of Education meets this week , members will hear a presentation and discuss the assessment and accountability requirements of the new federal law.

        Translating the new feder al law will also top the agenda at the National Education Association's annual meeting in Dallas, June 27-July 5.

        “I think the big thing that will affect Kentucky is the children who are English as a second language,” said state board member Paul Whalen. “Kentucky generally doesn't test those children until they have been in our school districts for two years. And, I believe, No Child Left Behind (Act) wants them tested after a year.”

        The law also says all students in grades 3-8 must be assessed in reading and math, beginning no later than the 2005-06 academic year. Kentucky does not test reading for accountability purposes at grades 5 and 8 or math at grades 4 and 7.


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