Parents of preschool age children should be pleasantly aware that all 13 elementary schools have earned a 5 STAR rating for their preschool class from the Kentucky Department of Education.
“You have been diligent in providing the evidence needed and I applaud you for your efforts,” said Jenny Chance of the Division of Program Standards. “Thank you for the work you, your faculty, and staff put forth each day to benefit the youngest Bullitt County students.”
Director of Elementary Education Adrienne Usher said this is the highest rating level possible.
“Being the Leader in Educational Excellence requires an early start,” she noted. “Congratulations to our pre-school department, teachers, and especially Carla Harris, who led the assessment effort on our end.”
Harris is the district’s lead preschool consultant and Annmarie Landry is the Preschool Coordinator.
“I could not be more proud of the dedication and hard work of our preschool team,” Landry said. “The consultants, teachers, assistants, and principals were all instrumental in making this happen, but lead consultant Carla Harris was the key to bringing it all together. The fact that every school in the county received the 5-star rating speaks to the outstanding quality of preschool education that is available throughout Bullitt County.”
Harris explained the rating process involved an application for each individual preschool classroom, evidence of strengthening family engagement, classroom and instructional quality, administrative and leadership practices, and staff qualifications and professional development.
“Once each application was submitted, reviewed and accepted, teachers began gathering evidence,” she said. “Their evidence was submitted to me and I reviewed each item and submitted it to each site’s assigned KDE folder. Each classroom also received a classroom walk through from a KDE Race to the Top consultant.”
KDE has not yet determined the duration of the current rating (three or five years). Harris also noted that this application process was not required by KDE, “But we as a district opted to apply. This is the districts first time going through this rating process.”
According to the Kentucky All STARS website, the program is the Commonwealth’s expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system serving all early-care and education programs – including childcare centers, Head Start and public preschool – that receive public funding. The unified system is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality.