Newspaper articles unfairly singled out KSD

August 22, 2004

Dear Editor:

The big bad wolf strikes again. The Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 articles, especially the Aug. 13 article by (Associated Press writer) Charles Wolfe, regarding the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind failed to mention the fact that the Accountability Index at KSD (I amnot sure about KSB) has improved each of the past three years. So, I take exception to Mr. Wolfe's statement, "Test scores at both schools lagged badly."

Moreover, it was announced during the state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Aug. 11 that KSD and KSB have met the AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) goal set forth by the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act. Yet both articles failed to include this positive announcement.

KSD and KSB do not deserve to be singled out. What about some of the public schools across the state that did not do right, and are not doing right by deaf and hard of hearing children? I know this because I have seen these circumstances.


If the commonwealth wants better test scores from KSD and public schools with deaf and hard of hearing students, the commonwealth must make sure that all deaf and hard of hearing children are exposed to their natural language, sign language, during the first few years after birth to be able to learn English as a second language.

By the way, I am profoundly deaf. I do not speak with my voice. I use American Sign Language. I attended KSD for 13 years, and graduated from there.

Byron Wilson

Third-grade teacher


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