The Kentucky Board of Education recently acted on a proposal to revise graduation requirements in ways that could deny a diploma to students who do not pass certain tests in high school.

Proposed Graduation Requirements PDF

Fortunately, these requirements aren’t set in stone yet. A public hearing on the new requirements is set for Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort. Written comments will be accepted until Nov. 30.  This is your opportunity as a student, parent, or educator to speak up and tell the Kentucky Board of Education that the new requirements harm our kids and endanger their future.

How can you get involved in making sure that all Kentucky students have equal access to the opportunities they deserve?  

  • Visit these links to educate yourself on what the new requirements and how they will effect students.  
  • Please call (502) 564-3141 before November 29 and tell them to hit pause on implementing new graduation requirements so they can seek collaborative input from students, families, and educators on what Kentucky’s graduation requirements should be.  
  • Email your written comments against the new requirements to before November 30.  

Don’t let the Board make such an important decision without hearing from all stakeholder groups. Make your voice heard today!

Here are some articles from others who are asking the board to

Prichard Committee  for Academic Excellence Urges Public Comment

KEA and Others Urge Caution on Requirements

Courier Journal Article on New Requirements

National PTA Position on Testing

PTA Testing Bill of Rights

We believe that it takes more than “higher standards” and tougher requirements to help our students thrive and be successful. If you agree that our students deserve schools and communities that meet their needs, then we’d like to invite you #OurJCPS and sign our petition for A Better Way Forward for JCPS and join us in the fight for the schools our students deserve.