Thursday, October 7, 2010

Holliday: Career-ready belongs in the mix

KSBA has shared a great write-up of thoughts that Commissioner Holliday shared with the Kentucky Board of Education yesterday, arguing for our next accountability system to value indicators of readiness of careers as well as for college.  Here's a sample to lure you into reading the whole article:
“Senate Bill 1 didn’t really say ‘career ready;’ it said ‘college ready.’ So we could leave off the whole column (on a chart of proposed scoring percentages) of career ready,” Holliday said, “but I don’t think we’re going to get a lot of support from high schools. They’ll say, ‘Well, I’ve got 34 percent of my kids who don’t go to college.’ You’ve got a lot of high schools who will push back if you don’t have career measurement.”
And here's another.
“The future of Kentucky is on the line here. This, to me, is the big one,” Holliday said. “I’m not adverse to raising the weighting on this one because this ought to be the No. 1 issue for a superintendent of schools – making sure that my K-12 system creates graduates who move on to improve their quality of life and the quality of life in the Commonwealth.”
Click here to read the entire report and consider the Commissioner's full argument.

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