Education Commissioner discusses replacing "No Child Left Behind" in Kentucky

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt held a town hall meeting in Glasgow Thursday to discuss a new accountability program for the state's school children.

School administrators, teachers, and students were invited to Glasgow High School to ask regarding the program that Pruitt says will be replacing the No Student Left Behind Act of 2001.

This Kentucky-specific program aims to shy away from high-stakes testing and will instead focus on a number of other indicators involving academic and school quality measures.

The Every Student Succeeds Act was passed in 2015, giving states more flexibility and providing more local control over accountability.

Stephen Pruitt says with a plan designed specifically for Kentucky, they can move forward on keeping education a top priority in the state.

"It's a spotlight to highlight the great things that are going on," he says, "but also a flashlight to expose the things that need to be worked on."

"Next year," he continues, "we will spend time collecting new data and the year following that, we'll be up and running."

An overall rating of school readiness will be based on five indicators which include proficiency, growth, transition readiness, achievement gap closure, as well as opportunity and readiness.

For more information regarding this new plan, or to learn about remaining town halls in Kentucky visit the link attached to this story.

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