Chamber encourages business community to support educators, students

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Kentucky Chamber Board Member Steve Branscum, president of Branscum Construction, along with Bryan Sunderland, the Chamber’s vice president of public affairs, and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday recently visited Somerset to discuss academic standards.

Kentucky students are being taught mathematics and English/language arts under new, more challenging standards that are designed to improve their preparation for college and career. Progress is measured by state tests, which were administered for the first time in May. The scores of those tests, set to be released this fall, will reflect the performance of both students and schools in meeting the requirements of the higher standards. Click here for more on the standards.

Over the past several months, Kentucky Chamber officials and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday have been visiting local chambers of commerce throughout the state to build support among employers for these new standards that hold great promise for the state. On Friday, Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson and Commissioner Holliday will speak at the Ashland Alliance’s monthly luncheon to discuss the standards and what employers can do to support educators and students.

More information about the new standards and what they mean for Kentucky and the nation is available at several online sites: achieve.org; readykentucky.org; corestandards.org; pta.org and others.

An informational video also is available on the Kentucky Chamber’s homepage. Full-length interviews with Kentucky business leaders about what the standards will mean for Kentucky’s workforce can be found on the Chamber’s YouTube Channel. We encourage you to take a look to find out more about the latest developments in Kentucky’s schools.

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