What is Transforming Education in Kentucky (TEK)?
The Transforming Education in Kentucky initiative is a logical and strategic continuation of a decades-long push to improve our schools.
TEK will be the catalyst to reinvigorate public support for K-12 education in Kentucky.
Governor Beshear appointed the TEK Task Force last fall to help develop new strategies while reinvigorating public and business support for K-12 education in the Commonwealth.
Why is TEK needed?
The world has changed dramatically since the reforms of 1990. It’s time to look at our education system and make sure we have the curriculum, teachers, standards, organization and structure in place to prepare our children for the 21st century.
About the Task Force
The members of the task force include education advocates, parents, teachers, superintendents, law makers, business and community leaders who have been handpicked for their commitment to education and to Kentucky.
Work of the Task Force
Members of the TEK task force have been exploring the many exciting efforts already underway to improve student achievement.
Meetings have focused on improving college readiness, providing every student with the opportunity to earn college credit during high school, assessments that measure what employers value and making high school more relevant, expanding the use of technology for learning, improving teacher recruitment and retention, boosting academics in career and technical education and improving transitions between preschool to K-12.
The goal of the task force is to create a unified vision of what schools in the Commonwealth need to offer in order to better serve students today and tomorrow.
In an effort to build awareness of the initiative and to receive input from citizens statewide, Gov. Beshear – in partnership with the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Prichard Committee, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Educational Television, hosted TEK Talk on Aug. 17, 2010.
Ten community forums were held across the state allowing individuals and groups to discuss educational issues and pose questions to Gov. and Mrs. Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King via KET’s stream of the live panel discussion.
TEK Talk Fact Sheets