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Board Of Education Reviewing Bills, Preparing Regulation Changes

The Kentucky Board of Education is preparing to change regulations surrounding school assessment procedures.The board met this week to discuss the 2009 Senate Bill One. The law takes effect in the fall and it changes testing and evaluation standards for schools. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the board must rewrite many statutes and regulations to reflect the changes. Among other things, the board is considering how to rate schools based on how well they prepare students for college or a career.Gross says another concern is how to summarize and publish the evaluations."How do we present this information so that anyone could look at a document or some sort of posting on a website and say 'Oh, that school is performing at high levels. That school has made good progress.'" she says.Gross says the board will likely act in April to change the regulations.Board members were also briefed on various measures that affect education. Among them a charter schools bill and a bill that would change Louisville's student assignment plan. But Gross says the board was most concerned with the so-called graduation bill, which would raise the dropout rate from 16 to 18."The reason that bill was discussed is because that is the only item on this particular board's legislative agenda this year is to raise the dropout age. So they did discuss that. They're very closely monitoring the progress of that bill," she says.