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Adair Co. School leaders learn more about Senate Bill 1

Bill signed into law by Gov. Beshear in 2009 overhauls testing programs. Adair Co. educators cramming to meet challenges and opportunities of the new system
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By Alan Reed
News from the Adair Co. School District

"Gearing Up for Change"

Adair County school leaders joined regional educators on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Bowling Green to learn more about Senate Bill 1. The new bill was signed into law in March 2009 by Governor Steve Beshear, and is aimed at overhauling the state accountability system. The Kentucky Department of Education has been working with state educators to craft the overhaul.

Senate Bill 1 addresses many important areas - content standards in most subjects, what will be tested, how subjects will be tested, when tests are given, what should comprise the public school accountability system and more.

There is much work to be done in every school and throughout the school district before a new system is complete and in place by the 2011-12 school year.

According to Phyllis Curry, Supervisor of Instruction, "We're overhauling everything. Other states have up to three years to pull this off, but Senate Bill 1 requires that Kentucky schools do this in one year."

"In the midst of all the other changes to our educational system, this could appear overwhelming", said Robbie Harmon, Principal of Adair County Elementary School. "However, our school is way ahead of many others in the state thanks to the extra effort from our teachers."

Parents can expect to learn much more over the coming months. You are encouraged to direct questions to your child's school or the board office at (270) 384-2476. The mission of Adair County Schools is to prepare all students with the self-discipline and academic proficiency necessary to be contributing citizens in an ever-changing society - learning for a lifetime. -Alan Reed

This story was posted on 2011-03-03 07:34:15
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Studying to implement Senate Bill 1

2011-03-03 - Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Alan Reed.
A Number of Adair County educational leaders attended a workshop in Bowling Green, KY, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, to get ready to implement Senate Bill 1 - with its sweeping changes to testing - signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear. From left, front table Robbie Harmon, Principal, Adair County Elementary School; Phyllis Curry, Supervisor of Instruction; Mike Akin, Title I Coordinator; and Sue Buley, Adair Youth Development Center.

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