Terry Holliday, Kentucky commissioner of education, has been named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
The honor is given annually to a national or state policymaker in recognition of contributions to education.
"Commissioner Holliday's dedication to improving public education and his achievements are renowned in Kentucky and nationwide," said NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson.
"His work in cooperation with the Kentucky State Board of Education has made the state a national leader."
Holliday became education commissioner in 2009. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards, and recently, the Next Generation Science Standards.
In addition, Kentucky has implemented a new assessment and accountability system, among many other initiatives; a new educator evaluation system goes statewide this fall.
Since 2010, Holliday has served on the Council of Chief State School Officers' board of directors and is its president. He also serves on the National Assessment Governing Board and served as co-chairman of the Commission on the Accreditation of Educator Preparation task force that developed new educator preparation standards.
"Education is the key to Kentucky's future and we are fortunate to have a leader like Terry Holliday driving the state's efforts to create a world class education for our students," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Terry truly believes in doing what is right for children â “ all children â “ and that is reflected in everything he does."
Holliday serves on the board of Kentucky Educational Television, Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board, and Council on Postsecondary Education. Holliday is also co-author of the book "Running All the Red Lights: A Journey of System-Wide Educational Reform."
He will accept his award Oct. 17 in Denver.