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KET’s Education Matters “Inside the Common Core” explores integration of Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards


KET’s Education Matters “Inside the Common Core” explores integration of Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards

For Release: 03/23/15 2:11 PM

Editor’s Note: This program was originally scheduled to premiere Feb. 23, but production was delayed due to inclement weather.

On the next edition of Education Matters, panelists join host Bill Goodman to discuss the state’s adoption and adaptation of the national Common Core standards, which in Kentucky are known as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). Education Matters “Inside the Common Core” airs Monday, April 13 at 9/8 pm on KET. After airing, the program will also be available for streaming online at

In Feb. 2010, Kentucky became the first state to adopt the national Common Core State Standards in mathematics and in English/language arts. On this edition of Education Matters, education experts join Goodman to offer an overview of the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards, which, according to the Kentucky Department of Education, “outline the minimum required standards that all Kentucky students should have the opportunity to learn before graduating from Kentucky high schools.”

Panelists address the ways the national standards have been adapted to meet the state’s specific needs – and how these new standards have been implemented in school districts across Kentucky over the past four years.

Panelists include Karen Kidwell, director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education, and Lafayette High School AP Calculus and Algebra teacher Ali Wright of Lexington, a National Board Certified Teacher and a national Center for Teaching Quality “teacherpreneur.”

Also joining the panel are Mikkaka Overstreet, a teacher-in-residence at Louisville’s Cochran Elementary School, where she facilitates a collaborative partnership between the school and the University of Louisville’s College of Education; Phillip Guthrie, a mathematics teacher from Henry County High School; and Amanda Davenport, who teaches fifth grade at Taylor Elementary in Brooksville and math at Bracken County Middle School.

Additionally, the program includes visits to two schools – Frankfort’s Second Street Elementary and Lexington’s Lafayette High School – to investigate the ways that the new standards have been successfully integrated into Kentucky’s math and language arts classrooms.

Education Matters is a KET production, produced by Tom Bickel. Nancy Carpenter is the executive producer. Series information and streaming video can be found at

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