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Ludlow Schools, Gateway Create Innovative Dual Enrollment Program

Ludlow Independent Schools is working on a new innovation related to its dual enrollment partnership with Gateway Community & Technical College, and it's a program that the Kentucky Department of Education is watching.

Before the start of the current school year, Ludlow superintendent Michael Borchers asked Gateway whether the English 100 (a writing workshop) and English 101 courses could be combined so that more students could qualify for dual enrollment. He asked for the same to happen with introductory math classes.

Some students score just below the minimum benchmark to qualify for the previous arrangement, but with the change, in which a student can be within one to two points of the minimum benchmark to qualify, more students will have the opportunity to earn college credits prior to finishing high school.

Seniors at Ludlow who may not have qualified previously to take English 101 on the Gateway campus, are now able to take the combined course at Ludlow High. The combined course adds a total of 5 college credits upon successful completion.

Ludlow seniors can also take a combined math course at the high school with the chance to earn five credits, too.

The Kentucky Department of Education is watching the Ludlow effort to see how it fares, since it is the first such offering in the state.

Borchers also addressed the district's performance in the on-demand writing exam, which is part of state testing.

Ludlow scored fourth-highest in the state, he said, and second in Northern Kentucky.

However, Borchers said that some of the ACT scores published recently are misleading because not all schools test all their students. He also noted that new state graduation requirements are more stringent and that principals are working to include those requirements in the schools' agenda.

The district received a favorable audit from Barnes Dennig at the recent board of education meeting. Ludlow has an 8 percent contingency fund in its budget, auditor Eric Goodman said.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor