Information posted for parents
- By Nicholas Morehead
- Apr 17, 2001
The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a Web site to help parents
find information about the state's education system.
The department's For Parents page (www.kde.state.ky.us/parents) enables parents to question education leaders
directly. They can also subscribe to departmental e-mail alerts and news
releases and receive information about testing activities and the state's
education policies and procedures.
"The site is a huge change for grass-roots access to information," said
Susan Perkins Weston, executive director of the Kentucky Association of
School Councils. Previously, paper copies of some reports or other information
were available only in limited quantities.
The site has an "About Your School" link where parents can find annual
school report cards, standardized test scores, demographic information and
"In the past, we've spent a whole lot of valuable time telling people
where to go to get the information they were looking for, but all of that's
over now," Weston said. "This drastically changes and simplifies the overall
dynamics for the better."
Weston said there are plans to fine-tune the language of the site to
eliminate education jargon parents may not understand.
Armando Arrastia, the department's Webmaster, said even though the site
serves as a bridge between teachers and parents, the department still advocates
"We think that this is but one tool that encourages parents to get more
informed about their child's education, and the more informed they are,
the more likely they are to come in and ask questions," Arrastia said.