Kentucky: College and Career Policies

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Kentucky updated the science standards in 2013. These standards are aligned to the next generation science standards.

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Kentucky drafted new Social Studies standards in 2015.

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Senate Bill 1 (2009) mandated change in Kentucky public school education including teacher evaluations. The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) set the vision to have every student taught by an effective teacher and every school led by an effective principal and subsequently, every district led by an effective superintendent. To that end, the board established a goal to create a fair and equitable system to measure teacher and leader effectiveness. It is also a requirement under Kentucky's ESEA waiver.

Kentucky has standards in 8 different content areas including arts and humanities, English language arts, math, practical living, science, social studies, technology, and vocational studies.

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board oversees the Kentucky teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

Kentucky requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

The Education Professional Standards Board sets standards and approves teacher preparation programs.

Kentucky requires 9 credits of "other" courses for graduation.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. With the advice of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council, the Kentucky Board of Education shall promulgate administrative regulations establishing standards that public school districts shall meet in student, program, service and operational performance. These regulations shall comply with the expected outcomes for students and schools set forth in KRS 158.6451

Kentucky requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Kentucky requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate.

Kentucky requires 3 credits of social studies for graduation.

The assessments that are required are: End of Course English 2, Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (grades 3-8), and ACT Explore (8th grade), ACT Plan (10th grade), and ACT (11th grade).

In order to obtain a Kentucky teaching license, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, completed an approved teacher preparation program, and passed a content specific examination.

The Kentucky Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Professional development is required for teachers in order to renew their certificate every 5 years.

In order to renew an administrative certificate for the first time, a recommendation from the approved recommending authority regarding completion of an approved level II program is required.

In order to be approved, a teacher preparation program must meet all the standards listed.

Kentucky follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Kentucky developed an educator evaluation system to help teachers reach their highest potential, meeting the INTASC-aligned Framework for Teaching Standards. The Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES) combined multiple measures to guide teachers to meet goals and improve their skills.

Kentucky updated the Math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Kentucky has standards in 8 different content areas including arts and humanities, English language arts, math, practical living, science, social studies, technology, and vocational studies.

Kentucky adopted Arts and Humanities Standards as a part of their academic standards in 2013.