Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Department of Education Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All The Kentucky Department of Education is a service agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The department provides resources and guidance to Kentucky's public schools and districts as they implement the state's K-12 education requirements. The department also serves as the state liaison for federal education requirements and funding opportunities.

Mission: The Kentucky Department of Education’s mission is to prepare all Kentucky students for next-generation learning, work and citizenship by engaging schools, districts, families and communities through excellent leadership, service and support.

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❣️ From Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass: : "School counselors save lives, and as the Chief Learner of Kentucky, I'...
02/05/2021

❣️ From Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass: : "School counselors save lives, and as the Chief Learner of Kentucky, I'll be forever grateful for the work they do for our students, staff, families and caregivers."

We want to thank all of our schools and districts for celebrating their school counselors during National School Counseling Week!

#NSCW21 #KyEd #TeamKentucky

National School Counseling Week 2021 (Feb. 1–5), sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the essential contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s).

A big thanks to all the counselors at Wayne County Schools; they do an amazing job day after day. #wcschools #NSCW21

#DifferenceMakers 🎨: Kentucky public school students are invited to submit a portrait of a school employee who has made ...
02/05/2021
KEA student art contest to honor education ‘Difference Makers’ | Kentucky Teacher

#DifferenceMakers 🎨: Kentucky public school students are invited to submit a portrait of a school employee who has made a difference in their life for this year's Kentucky Education Association art contest!

One student in each grade will win $50, and their teacher also will receive $50. The subject of the portrait will get the original framed artwork.

🗓️ Entry deadline: Feb. 19 #KyEd #TeamKentucky

#ICYMI 📣: We are seeking feedback on the current Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. Feedback on the current scienc...
02/04/2021
Feedback sought on Kentucky science standards | Kentucky Teacher

#ICYMI 📣: We are seeking feedback on the current Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. Feedback on the current science standards will be collected by The Region 5 Comprehensive Center through Feb. 22.

More info + link to the survey ⤵ #KyEd #TeamKDE

NewsSubjectsScience Feedback sought on Kentucky science standards By Staff - January 22, 2021 0 255 tweet The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on the current Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. KRS 158.6453 calls for KDE to implement a process for reviewing all academi...

❣️: Not only do school counselors help normalize emotions for students, but they also make sure students know they are l...
02/04/2021

❣️: Not only do school counselors help normalize emotions for students, but they also make sure students know they are loved and supported.

Send your love and support to school counselors throughout the Commonwealth this week by using the #⃣ #NSCW21!

🆕: The Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve changes to the state’s accountability system, discussed the future o...
02/04/2021
KBE approves changes to state accountability system, furthers discussion on assessments | Kentucky Teacher

🆕: The Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve changes to the state’s accountability system, discussed the future of state assessments and examined the Kentucky Department of Education's equity initiatives during its Feb. 3 regular meeting.

#KyEd #KyBOE

The linked story includes a graphic that reads Kentucky Board of Education virtual meeting. February 3, 2021.

KY BoardNews KBE approves changes to state accountability system, furthers discussion on assessments By Jacob Perkins - February 3, 2021 0 3 tweet Since introducing the recommended changes to state’s accountability system, leadership from the department has met with various advisory groups to gath...

🗓️: Dates announced for Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass' Virtual Listening Tour! We are in the early planning phas...
02/03/2021
KDE announces dates for Commissioner’s Listening Tour to gather public input | Kentucky Teacher

🗓️: Dates announced for Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass' Virtual Listening Tour! We are in the early planning phases and more info will be shared soon.

Pre-registration is available for a date you think will work best for you.

#KyEd #KDEListeningTour2021

The linked story includes a graphic that reads Commissioner's Listening Tour: Hearing Kentucky's voices on education. Virtual meeting. The graphic also features a photo of Commissioner Glass.

News KDE announces dates for Commissioner’s Listening Tour to gather public input By Staff - February 3, 2021 0 9 tweet To gather input on long-term aspirations for the Commonwealth’s education system, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is excited to announce that Commissioner of Educati...

🏆: Congratulations to Soup for the Soul, the winner of the Kentucky Board of Education 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Pri...
02/03/2021
Soup for the Soul wins Kentucky Board of Education’s 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Priority Award | Kentucky Teacher

🏆: Congratulations to Soup for the Soul, the winner of the Kentucky Board of Education 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Priority Award!

Read about how the nonprofit has remained committed to feeding their community in Murray ⤵ #KyEd #TeamKentucky

📸: Kentucky Board of Education member Holly Bloodworth hands the 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Priority Award to Soup for the Soul program coordinator Olivia Robison.

KY BoardNews Soup for the Soul wins Kentucky Board of Education’s 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Priority Award By Jim Gaines - February 3, 2021 0 7 tweet Kentucky Board of Education member Holly Bloodworth, left, hands the 2020 Kevin C. Brown Strategic Priority Award to Soup for the Soul program c...

DID YOU KNOW | Kentucky Board of Education members Patrice McCrary (2002) and Holly Bloodworth (2014) are former recipie...
02/03/2021
Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year | Kentucky Teacher

DID YOU KNOW | Kentucky Board of Education members Patrice McCrary (2002) and Holly Bloodworth (2014) are former recipients of the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award!

Learn how you can nominate an outstanding educator for this prestigious honor ⤵ #KyEd #TeamKentucky

The linked story includes a graphic that reads 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Nominate a teacher. Deadline February 20, 2021.

News Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year By Jim Gaines - January 11, 2021 0 997 tweet Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with...

NEW: In his latest column, Thomas Woods-Tucker, Kentucky Department of Education deputy commissioner of education and ch...
02/02/2021
What equality and equity means to me | Kentucky Teacher

NEW: In his latest column, Thomas Woods-Tucker, Kentucky Department of Education deputy commissioner of education and chief equity officer, discusses what equity and equality mean to him, as well as where we are now regarding inclusivity efforts. #KyEd #TeamKDE

📸: Thomas Woods-Tucker

LeadershipCommissioner's Comments What equality and equity means to me By Thomas Woods-Tucker - February 2, 2021 0 16 tweet Thomas Woods-Tucker When Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass called me last year to ask if I would become Kentucky’s first chief equity officer, it was one of the greatest ...

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on revised state performance goals proposed by the Perkins V St...
02/02/2021
KDE seeking feedback on revised state performance goals for Perkins V due to COVID-19 | Kentucky Teacher

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on revised state performance goals proposed by the Perkins V Steering Committee for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act – also known as Perkins V.

Kentucky is seeking to revise these performance goals as many of the indicators have been drastically affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

#KyEd #TeamKDE #CTEMonth

SubjectsCareer & Technical EducationNews KDE seeking feedback on revised state performance goals for Perkins V due to COVID-19 By Staff - February 2, 2021 0 3 tweet The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on revised state performance goals proposed by the Perkins V Steering Co...

📸🩹: We want to send a thank you to Montgomery County Schools for submitting photos of district employees receiving their...
02/02/2021

📸🩹: We want to send a thank you to Montgomery County Schools for submitting photos of district employees receiving their #ShotOfHope!

Share your photo(s) ➡️ http://bit.ly/K12ShotofHopeKY

#KyEd #TeamKentucky

The Kentucky Department of Education wants to support all school entities in their diversity, equity and inclusion effor...
02/01/2021
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The Kentucky Department of Education wants to support all school entities in their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. In order to better understand how to support districts, we need to hear from you.

Take time to provide feedback today ⤵ #KyEd #TeamKentucky

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February is National #CTEMonth! Did you know more than 71% of Kentucky’s high school students participated in CTE during...
02/01/2021

February is National #CTEMonth! Did you know more than 71% of Kentucky’s high school students participated in CTE during the 2019-20 school year?

Learn more about Career and Technical Education in the Commonwealth ➡️ http://bit.ly/KDECTE

#KyEd #TeamKentucky

02/01/2021
Commissioner Glass, National School Counseling Week 2021

❣️: This week is National School Counseling Week. Kentucky school counselors help normalize emotions for our students and make sure they know they are loved and supported.

Join Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass in celebrating school counselors across the Commonwealth! #NSCW21 #KyEd #TeamKentucky

#LoveKySchoolBoards | As we wrap up School Board Recognition Month, we want to spotlight Solyana Mesfin, the first activ...
01/31/2021
Louisville junior selected as first student member on Kentucky Board of Education | Kentucky Teacher

#LoveKySchoolBoards | As we wrap up School Board Recognition Month, we want to spotlight Solyana Mesfin, the first active public school student to hold a seat on the Kentucky Board of Education.

Being a board member means more than a title, Mesfin said. It means providing a voice for students.

“I will provide my open ears to any students I come across and will do everything in my power to allow their voices to be heard within the board,” she said. “The advantage of being a student is that it allows me to recognize how valid our input is and, in that sense, will allow me to prioritize the words of these emerging leaders.”

#KyEd #KyBOE

CC: Jefferson County Public Schools

The linked story includes a graphic that reads Solyana Mesfin named to the Kentucky Board of Education. The graphic includes a photo of Mesfin.

KY BoardNews Louisville junior selected as first student member on Kentucky Board of Education By Staff - October 2, 2020 0 1009 tweet The Kentucky Department of Education announced Oct. 2 that Solyana Mesfin of Louisville was selected as the first active public school student in the Commonwealth to...

#LoveKySchoolBoards | After breaking the curse of generational poverty and becoming her family’s first college graduate,...
01/30/2021
KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lu Young brings a voice for students in generational poverty | Kentucky Teacher

#LoveKySchoolBoards | After breaking the curse of generational poverty and becoming her family’s first college graduate, KBE Chair Lu Young looks to bring her expertise to the board and help children across Kentucky break the same cycle.

“For me, quite literally, education was the route out of generational poverty,” she said. “When I think about education issues, I know that there are a lot of kids from poverty like me to whom we owe the very best possible education.”

#KyEd #KyBOE

📸: Kentucky Board of Education Chair Lu Young sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle School (Jefferson County Public Schools). The photo was taken on Feb. 28, 2020.

FeaturesKY Board KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lu Young brings a voice for students in generational poverty By Jacob Perkins - February 29, 2020 0 1446 tweet Kentucky Board of Education Vice Chair Lu Young, second from right, sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle (Jefferson County). Young began...

#LoveKySchoolBoards | Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, has made...
01/29/2021
KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education | Kentucky Teacher

#LoveKySchoolBoards | Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, has made Kentucky’s public education system a top priority since being elected and named secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“My circumstances changed one day when I got a phone call from Andy Beshear and he asked me if I wanted to run with him. We talked about the focus of public education and I saw this as an opportunity not just to affect kids in my classroom, but across Kentucky.”

#KyEd #KyBOE #TeamKentucky

📸: Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman meets with members of the Stewart Home & School's student council to discuss civic engagement and community service.

FeaturesKY Board KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education By Mike Marsee - March 10, 2020 0 1508 tweet Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, center, meets with social studies teacher Mary Shouse of the Stewart Home and School and members of the school’s student coun...

🆕: Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting.“The jury is st...
01/29/2021
Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting | Kentucky Teacher

🆕: Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting.

“The jury is still out on if we’re going to be required to administer a test or not,” said Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass. “Almost certainly we’re going to get a waiver on accountability and I think it’s in the cards that we get a waiver on testing.

“Even if we don’t get a waiver on testing, districts should expect a great deal of flexibility on how that happens, when it happens and how the results are used locally.”

#KyEd #TeamKDE

The linked story includes a graphic that reads school counselor advisory council virtual meeting. Jan. 28, 2021.

News Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting By Jacob Perkins - January 29, 2021 0 3 tweet Jennifer Larkins, a program consultant in KDE’s Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA), met with the council to provide details on the ste...

🆕: The Kentucky Department of Education's Preschool Coordinator Advisory Group held its first meeting on Jan. 28, choosi...
01/29/2021
KDE’s new Preschool Coordinator Advisory Group kicks off by setting priorities | Kentucky Teacher

🆕: The Kentucky Department of Education's Preschool Coordinator Advisory Group held its first meeting on Jan. 28, choosing officers and setting priorities for its quarterly meeting.

#KyEd #TeamKDE

The linked story includes a graphic that reads preschool coordinator advisory group virtual meeting. Jan. 28, 2021.

News KDE’s new Preschool Coordinator Advisory Group kicks off by setting priorities By Jim Gaines - January 29, 2021 0 4 tweet Group members set a half-dozen priorities to address at their quarterly meetings. Quality programming is singled out as a likely subject for continuing discussion. By Jim ...

🆕: Applications are being sought for the Kentucky Department of Education's State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talent...
01/29/2021
Applications sought for Kentucky’s gifted and talented advisory council | Kentucky Teacher

🆕: Applications are being sought for the Kentucky Department of Education's State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education. #KyEd #TeamKDE

News Applications sought for Kentucky’s gifted and talented advisory council By Staff - January 28, 2021 0 26 tweet Applications are being sought for the Kentucky Department of Education’s State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education (SACGTE). The council is an advisory group whose ...

01/28/2021
Commissioner Glass, 2022 Teacher of the Year

🧑‍🏫: No matter what subject area or grade they teach, Kentucky's teachers challenge, lead and set good examples for the children in their care.

Do you know an outstanding educator who continues to go above and beyond for their students, school, district and community?

Nominate them for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award today ➡️ bit.ly/2022KyTOY

#KyEd #TeamKentucky

#LoveKySchoolBoards | After a long career in education, self-described policy wonk Sharon Porter Robinson is working to ...
01/28/2021
KBE SPOTLIGHT | Sharon Porter Robinson brings interest in education policy to board | Kentucky Teacher

#LoveKySchoolBoards | After a long career in education, self-described policy wonk Sharon Porter Robinson is working to close the gap between education policy and practice as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education.

"I think policy’s important, but I think there is a disconnect between policy and practice, and I wanted to come home to see if there was a way I could contribute in closing that disconnect,” Robinson said.

#KyEd #KyBOE

📸: Sharon Porter Robinson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with a student at The Academy @ Shawnee (Jefferson County Public Schools) on Feb. 20, 2020.

FeaturesKY Board KBE SPOTLIGHT | Sharon Porter Robinson brings interest in education policy to board By Mike Marsee - March 3, 2020 0 1091 tweet Sharon Porter Robinson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with Brionna Jaggers, a junior at The Academy @ Shawnee (Jefferson County), in o...

🆕: Kentucky Commonwealth Education Continuum holds inaugural meeting, sets work plan. #KyEd #TeamKentucky The linked sto...
01/28/2021
Kentucky Commonwealth Education Continuum holds inaugural meeting, sets work plan | Kentucky Teacher

🆕: Kentucky Commonwealth Education Continuum holds inaugural meeting, sets work plan. #KyEd #TeamKentucky

The linked story includes a graphic that reads Commonwealth Education Continuum virtual meeting. January 27, 2021.

News Kentucky Commonwealth Education Continuum holds inaugural meeting, sets work plan By Jim Gaines - January 28, 2021 0 6 tweet The Commonwealth Education Continuum (CEC), Kentucky’s new effort to guide people through educational transition points from early childhood into a career, met for the ...

#LoveKySchoolBoards | Randy Poe's journey with The Boone County Schools began as a bus driver for the district. Now, aft...
01/27/2021
KBE SPOTLIGHT | Randy Poe continuing his education journey with the KBE | Kentucky Teacher

#LoveKySchoolBoards | Randy Poe's journey with The Boone County Schools began as a bus driver for the district.

Now, after serving the northern Kentucky community for nearly 40 years, his journey continues with the Kentucky Board of Education.

“We should strive every day to provide the opportunities for all children so that they can achieve at high levels,” he said. “What we need to do is we need to make sure that we break down barriers and that we meet students where they are, and we raise them to the level where they can be economically prosperous in our state.”

#KyEd #KyBOE

📸: Randy Poe poses for a picture with students from Erpenbeck Elementary (Boone County).

KY Board KBE SPOTLIGHT | Randy Poe continuing his education journey with the KBE By Jacob Perkins - September 2, 2020 1 1160 tweet Randy Poe poses for a picture with students from Erpenbeck Elementary (Boone County). After serving the Northern Kentucky community for nearly 40 years, Poe’s educatio...

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Frankfort, KY
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The department is an agency of the state Education Cabinet. It is led by an appointed Commissioner of Education, who answers to the 11-member Kentucky Board of Education. Offices are administered by associate commissioners, and divisions within those offices are administered by division directors. The Kentucky Board of Education also serves as the board for the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf, and Department of Education staff serve as resources for those schools. The department has approximately 400 Frankfort-based employees. The department's major activities include: - administering the statewide assessment and accountability system - providing technical assistance to schools and districts in the areas of finance, management and curriculum - providing support and information to the Kentucky Board of Education as it promulgates state education regulations - overseeing the state's education technology system - monitoring school and district compliance with state and federal laws

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