Kentucky: College and Career Policies

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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 requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

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).

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

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

Kentucky requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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 drafted new Social Studies standards in 2015.

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 3 credits of social studies for graduation.