Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Commonwealth Education Continuum announces members, kicks off work

February 03, 2021

Dozens of state policy leaders have kicked off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky's education system and into the workforce.

Commonwealth Education Continuum

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the initiative in December, aiming to strengthen partnerships in the system and ease the transition points for students as they move from preschool to college and into careers. In total, 30 representatives have been named to the effort, drawing expertise from every stage of the education and workforce pipeline.

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson and Commissioner of Education Jason Glass are co-chairing the continuum.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

"I am excited to work with this group of talented professionals who are passionate about education. Every child in Kentucky has the right to quality education and job training. The members of this continuum will help make that a reality," said Lt. Gov. Coleman.

President Thompson said members have several urgent priorities to address -- improved access to postsecondary opportunities, more resources to help families plan and pay for college and greater teacher diversity.

"The knowledge and resolve of this group is unparalleled, and we look forward to leveraging that capacity into meaningful and aligned improvements across our systems," Thompson said. "Kentucky has made substantial gains in educational attainment in recent years, and smoothing out these transition points will only increase our momentum."

Additional members include:

The group will focus on providing equitable access to opportunities, more support for students and families at every level, and a diverse and high-quality teacher workforce – critical to closing outcome gaps related to race and income. The initiative will also seek to strengthen career readiness and success as students enter the workforce, as well as improve awareness of postsecondary opportunities.

KDE Commissioner Jason Glass
KDE Commissioner Jason Glass

"We at the KDE are excited about the opportunity to look at the educational system as a whole and see how all of us can work together to provide the best experience possible for the Commonwealth's students," said Commissioner Glass. "We each have an important part to play and by working together, we can help our students achieve great things."

Last Updated: 7/23/2021