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Kentucky’s New Education Standards Are Working

Lexington Herald-Leader

Since Kentucky schools began to raise classroom expectations, students have risen to the challenge, making improvements in graduation and college- and career-readiness rates, writes Meka Wilhoit, a teacher with more than 10 years of experience. In 2015, the state’s college-readiness rate increased to nearly 67 percent, up 12.8 points since 2013. Still, a lot of misperceptions about higher standards persist. The Every Student Succeeds Act “gives states more authority and flexibility,” which they should use “to move forward when it comes to maintaining high expectations.” “We need to take a strong stand in support of high standards,” Wilhoit concludes. “Now is not the time to waver.”

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