July 2, 2015 — The vast majority of Kentucky educators and parents continue to support the state’s higher standards, according to survey results recently released by the Kentucky Department of Education. Overall, 88 percent of the respondents gave the standards a “thumbs up” and did not indicate any changes were needed. About 12 percent of respondents said they would like to see some changes. Of those, 71 percent wanted to see one or more of the standards moved to a different grade. Nearly 4,000 people took part in the online survey; about half were teachers or retired teachers, about 20 percent were parents, 8 percent were administrators or school district staff, and about 8 percent represented business or the community at large. The remainder were students, professors, and state agency partners. The support is especially significant given that Kentucky is well ahead of all states in implementing higher standards and aligned tests.

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