LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will host a Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Seneca High School to gather feedback that will help shape a new accountability system.

The ideas and suggestions collected at the meeting will be used by the Kentucky Department of Education to develop a more effective accountability system, something Pruitt has listed among his priorities since the Kentucky Board of Education hired him last fall.

“It is my goal to collaborate with legislators, educators, students and the public to produce a system that is fair, reliable, valid and easier to understand than what we have now,” Pruitt said.

Thursday's meeting at Seneca will be the 8th regional meeting that Pruitt has held across the state.

The state's work stems from congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That law shifts much of the oversight and responsibility for schools from the federal government to the states. That includes how accountability is determined and how to define and improve low-performing schools.

Over the past five years, 21 schools in Jefferson County have been identified as priority schools for having chronically low test scores.

After Thursday, three more meetings will be held at Northern Kentucky University on April 25, Bowling Green on April 27 and in Murray on April 28.

Those unable to attend the meetings can have the opportunity to submit their suggestions and comments at: KyEdListens@education.ky.gov.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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