High ed partners to help bring technology to Ky. students

The University of Kentucky and other state universities will partner to help public schools develop innovative ways of using technology to move Kentucky students from pre-school to postgraduate degrees.

The Kentucky Board of Education endorsed the effort Tuesday. Kentucky becomes one of six states selected to develop such a program, joining Maine, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The program will be coordinated through the Council of Chief State School Officers' Partnership for Next Generation Learning.

Kentucky's program will be based at UK's new P20 Innovation Lab, created earlier this year to incorporate new technology into teaching.

Mary John O'Hair, UK's College of Education dean, says it could start showing results in the form of improved student achievement by the second year of operations. O'Hair worked on a similar program at the University of Oklahoma before joining UK last year.

"We were able to document a 74-percent growth above the state average increase in Oklahoma's academic performance index," she said.

The first group of Kentucky public school districts will be joining the program this summer, O'Hair said.