What's Happening in Kentucky Schools

KDE seeking feedback on draft Kentucky Academic Standards for Science

KDE seeking feedback on draft Kentucky Academic Standards for Science

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on the draft Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. The draft was developed by the Science Advisory Panel and Review Committee, each made up of science educators from around the state.

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Applications sought for Kentucky’s Teachers Advisory Council

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Gov. Beshear Announces Free ACT Retake Day for Kentucky Public School Students

FRANKFORT, KY) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced that incoming Kentucky high school seniors who have previously taken the ACT will be eligible to take the test a second time for free during a statewide ACT retake day in the Fall of 2022. The announcement follows national data showing students are more likely to increase their score by retaking the test a second time.

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Statewide summer wellness campaign promotes healthy habits for students

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKY) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) launched today a new public service campaigninforming Kentucky students in grades K-12 and their parents of five habits they can form this summer to set themselves up for a successful school year.

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Garrard County Teacher Joanna Howerton Stevens to serve as non-voting member on the Kentucky Board of Education

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The 2014 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year is taking on a new role as the next educator to sit on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).

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Boone County sophomore hopes to create feeling of community as next student member on Kentucky Board of Education

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced April 20 that Joud Dahleh of Florence will be the next public school student to hold a seat on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).

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Three Kentucky educators chosen as state finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Three Kentucky educators have been selected as state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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KBE approves changes to alternative education program monitoring, corporal punishment during special meeting

(FRANKFORT, KY) – As part of the regulatory review process for two regulations approved during its December meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held a special meeting on March 15 to review two statements of consideration and proposed amendments based on submitted public comments.

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Two Kentucky elementary schools named 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) has named two Kentucky schools as National ESEA Distinguished Schools during its national conference on Feb. 16-19. The two are among 49 schools nationwide to receive the honor.

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Remote Work (and School) Will Continue Growing

Education is all about preparing our students for the world. Not surprisingly, remote work (and school) will continue growing.

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Kentucky celebrates 85 new National Board Certified Teachers

FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky recognized 85 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during a Feb. 10 virtual ceremony.

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Results of 2022 Impact Kentucky survey show COVID’s impact on the state’s educators

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on Feb. 10 released results from the 2022 Impact Kentucky Working Conditions Survey, which asks all certified school staff about their working conditions and helps improve the environment for educators across the Commonwealth.

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Kentucky Board of Education discusses state’s path to Profile of a Graduate

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is taking steps to create a statewide Profile of a Graduate, which is a vision statement describing what a learner should know and be able to do before they graduate high school.

The board heard an update on building this statewide profile from David Cook, director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Division of Innovation, during its Feb. 9 meeting at the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB).

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Applications open for Kentucky Board of Education nonvoting student and teacher members for 2022-2023

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Applications are now being accepted for the ex-officio nonvoting student and teacher members of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). The selected student and teacher members will serve a one-year term from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

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KDE releases guidance on COVID-19 remote learning flexibilities, Senate Bill 25

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released a new guidance document, "Guidance for COVID-19 Remote Learning Flexibilities," to support districts as they navigate the extended flexibility of temporary remote learning.

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Senate Bill 1 is the Enemy of Collaboration in Principal Selection

One common thread emerged from all the speakers who testified both for and against SB1—the importance of collaboration. A superintendent who testified in support of Senate Bill 1 said it well when she talked about the commonalities between the effective districts and councils. She explained that the one thing they had in common was that there was “collaboration among all of those groups.”  She said that even if Senate Bill 1 passes and the superintendents were given the power to select the principal, she wouldn’t change anything about the current process. 

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Kentucky students chosen for 2022 U.S. Senate Youth Program

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Arnav Dharmagadda, a junior at Russell High School (Greenup County) and Lauren Wood, a junior at duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County), were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the national 104-student delegation of the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), who also will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

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Nominations open for 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.

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JASON E. GLASS | Now is the time for Kentuckians to work together to create a new future in education

It’s been a little over a year now since I joined the Kentucky Department of Education as its commissioner. During that time, my focus has been on listening to the people of my home state telling us what is working in education in the Commonwealth and where we need to improve.

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2021 Kentucky Teacher of Year Donnie Piercey presents Year in Review to KBE


(FRANKFORT, KY) – As his year as 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year (KTOY) comes to a close, Donnie Piercey had the opportunity to reflect on his past year before passing the torch to the 2022 KTOY winner Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr.

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