Education Matters

Education Matters is KET's monthly series exploring the educational issues that face Kentuckians. The program is hosted by KET's public affairs reporter, Bill Goodman.

May's Education Matters:

Reading by Third Grade

Monday, May 25, at 8:00 pm ET on KET

Studies show that children who can't read by the end of third grade are at much greater risk for academic failure and a host of other adverse outcomes. This edition of Education Matters examines this issue and looks at ways that schools, community groups, and parents can help Kentucky's youngest students become successful readers.

Join host Bill Goodman and guests for "Reading by Third Grade." See the complete on-air schedule.

Panelists for the program include:

  • Dewey Hensley, chief academic officer, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Shawn Justice, principal, Tygart Creek Elementary School, Carter County
  • Jill Maynard, principal, Southside Elementary, Pike County
  • Brigitte Blom Ramsey, associate executive director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

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May's Episode:

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Topic: Reading by Third Grade
Originally aired, May 25, 2015

Upcoming Episodes:

"Reading by Third Grade," is the last show of the 2015 season. Please join us next year for more explorations of educational issues in Kentucky.


Special thanks to Camp Taylor Elementary School in Jefferson County, Tygart Creek Elementary School in Carter County, and the National Center for Families Learning in Louisville for allowing KET to record at their facilities.

Online Resources:

The Word Gap: The Early Years Make the Difference: Learn what the 30 million word gap means and how parents can help their preschoolers develop vocabulary skills necessary for success in school.

The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3: An in-depth article on the word gap by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley.

Ready for Kindergarten: School Readiness and Your Child: An interactive website for parents from Jefferson County Public Schools

New Read-Aloud Strategies Transform Story Time

Dialogic Reading: How to Actively Involve Your Child in Reading

What Is RTI?: A definition of Response to Intervention from the RTI Action Network

To watch more...

Current and past shows and special "Afterword" video segments are available on our Archived Videos page.