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Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Supports New Tests Despite Lower Scores

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Kentucky’s Chamber of Commerce supports the Commonwealth’s new education standards despite a 30%

decline in assessment scores released last week. Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson says education officials expected lower scores because of more rigorous standards that were established after the legislature passed sweeping education reform in 2009. Adkisson says the scores, while accurate, shouldn’t be scoffed at.

“If parents, teachers, schools, students all say, this doesn’t make us look good let’s go to Frankfort and beat up on our legislators and get them to back off of these new standards…” said Adkisson. “We don’t want that to happen. We’ve put together a network of over 65 CEO’s in this state who will lend their names to a campaign to say “hey let’s stay with this give it some time.”

The Unbridled Learning Accountability model’s results are based on five components: student performance on year-end tests, school achievement gaps, growth in reading and math, college and career readiness, and graduation rates.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
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