- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky residents will get a chance to review state academic standards and suggest changes later this year.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1r0g7s0) that the initiative - tentatively called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge - will begin in the fall.

“We’re going to challenge Kentuckians to read the standards,” Holliday said. “It’s time to start looking at the standards and tweaking them based on feedback” from parents, community members and others.

He says the project isn’t a reaction to criticism of the national Common Core standards, on which Kentucky’s standards are based.

Instead, Holliday said he has always maintained that the state standards should be formally reviewed after about five years. Kentucky Core Academic Standards were implemented in 2010.

He said he is familiar with criticism of how the standards were developed, but he is after specifics about content.

“I have yet for any critic to say, ‘I don’t like that standard and here’s why, and here’s how you need to revise it,’” he said.

Holliday said a group of higher education professionals, business leaders and teachers will use the public feedback to make proposed revisions, which would then need approval from the Kentucky Board of Education. They would also be subject to review by state lawmakers.

Richard Innes, a spokesman for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions and a critic of Common Core, said the Kentucky Core Academic Standards are more rigorous than what Kentucky had before 2010.

“However, the less-than-transparent, out-of-state process that created the new standards is troubling. So too is the appearance of possible federal overreach in support of the standards,” Innes said.

The national Common Core Standards were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, of which Holliday is a member, and the National Governors Association.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler and Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, told lawmakers in March that they support Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com