Raise the Bar Louisville: New Standards, New Scores, New Direction
frequently asked questions

What are the standards?

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How are the standards different?

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When did the change start?

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What do the new scores mean?

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Will juniors and seniors be ready?

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Louisville's guide to the new state standards
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Making the standards work

Practice at Home
The testing window that begins in late May is getting closer and it’s important that you’re working with your students at home on the skills they’re learning in the classroom. Your student doesn’t need you to be the teacher, but they need your support and need you to hold them accountable for practicing. We’ve added some how-to videos for both Reading and Math as well as some valuable resources that will help extend learning time for your student.

 

Math


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This video gives parents an understanding of what their students are learning in their elementary school Math classes and how they can help them sharpen their skills. View video.

This video gives parents an understanding of what their students are learning in their middle school Math classes and how they can help them sharpen their skills. View video.

This video gives parents an understanding of what their students are learning in their high school Math classes and how they can help them sharpen their skills. View video.

Reading


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This video shows parents how to engage their student in a conversation about Reading and how you can help them improve their skills as an investigative reader. View video.

Learning Place Finder
As part of the Every 1 Learns initiative, JCPS has created organized opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through extended learning programs called Study Island and SuccessMaker, available online and at local Learning Places. Data shows JCPS students have increased instructional time and have improved grade level knowledge through use of these programs. 

  • Study Island is an online program that offers instruction, review and practice in mastering grade level state standards for students in grades 3-12. When students are struggling with a grade level topic, building block topics are added to provide additional instruction and review.
  • SuccessMaker is a digitally driven program for reading and math instruction with lots of games, videos, and interactive text readers designed for the 21st century learner, typically used by students in grades 3-8. Student progress is tracked on SuccessMaker via grade level equivalents which are aligned with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and our state accountability tests.

If you don’t have web access at home, you can visit designated Learning Places. Find out which are closest to you. Parents can register their child for the learning programs by calling 485-7455.  

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By grade

Parent Roadmap from Council of Great City Schools

Math

English/Language Arts

Guía Para Los Padres De Los Estándares Académicos Fundamentales En Las Matemáticas
Guía Para Los Padres De Los Estándares Académicos Fundamentales En El Estudio del Inglés


National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) brochures

Community support public service announcements

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Building community support

  • The new standards are a key focus of our vision in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). They will benefit our entire community because they will create a highly skilled workforce that helps us compete in the state, national, and global economies.
  • As JCPS implements the standards, community support and involvement are essential for success. Here are some simple ways you can help:
    • Challenge our students—Louisville’s future leaders—to embrace the new standards so they can build the skills and knowledge they need to reach their personal and professional goals.
    • Help other parents and neighbors understand that when academic standards are raised, test scores may be lower at first. As our students master the standards, however, scores will go up and our community will have a better-educated labor force.