By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Kentucky led the nation three years ago in being the first to adopt new common core standards for public schools. This gives both teachers and students a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn.
The Commonwealth leads the nation again this year in being the first to assess how we are meeting those standards. Results of those test scores should be available in three months. They will likely show we need to do better.
That is a good thing as our standards should be to shoot for being the best, not average. Kentucky ranked 49th in the nation when the legislature set up an entirely new school system under a Supreme Court mandate in 1989, and now ranks 33rd in the country so progress is being made.
In five years, two-thirds of all jobs in this country will require education beyond high school.
Standards must be high to meet the challenges ahead. Our children are competing with children all over the world, not just this country.
We need a strong resolve to continue to push for educational excellence. As challenging and difficult as that process will be, the results will be well worth it.
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