Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
CPE announces Common Core Standards forum to draw national audience

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 16, 2012  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

More than 300 higher education leaders and faculty from 17 states as well as representatives of top educational organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governor’s Association will attend a forum on Common Core Standards (CCS) implementation set in Louisville on Feb. 27-29.

The event grew out of repeated requests from higher education leaders across the country who wanted to learn from Kentucky’s collaborative model in using these new standards to improve college and career readiness.

“Architecture for Implementing the Common Core Standards: Strategies, Partnerships & Progress” will feature Kentucky’s early successes, challenges and next steps on the first day. Cross-sector teams from College Readiness Partnership states (Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin) and additional states will engage in discussions around CCS implementation for the remainder of the conference.

Short list of speakers:

  • Paul Lingenfelter, President State Higher Education Executive Officers
  • Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Debra Humphreys, VP Public Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • David Conley, Director, Center for Educational Policy Research
  • Robert King, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Phillip Rogers, Executive Director, Education Professional Standards Board
  • Terry Holliday, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

National organizations represented:

  • National Governor’s Association
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • National Association of System Heads
  • College Board
  • Achieve
  • Educational Policy Improvement Center
  • Military Child Education Coalition.

States represented:

In addition to Kentucky, attendees represent organizations in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin


  • Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Education Professional Standards Board
  • The College Readiness Partnership, a collaborative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Chief Council of State School Officers and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
  • Hunt Institute

For more information, visit

Conference agenda will be available February 20, 2012, at


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Last Updated 2/16/2012