School Improvement

Published: 2/7/2017 2:07 PM

School improvement is an overriding goal for all of Kentucky’s public schools, and this page provides information about resources to assist schools and districts in preparing all Kentucky students for next-generation learning, work and citizenship by engaging schools, districts, families and communities through excellent leadership, service and support.

KRS 158.780 and 158.785 require that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) establish a program for management improvement services for those school districts which demonstrate such a critical lack of efficiency or effectiveness in governance or administration that state-mandated corrective action or state control of the district is required.
 
Novice Reduction for Gap Closure supports districts and schools as they implement systemic and sustainable improvement in order to reduce the number of students scoring at the novice level in Kentucky.
 
School and district improvement efforts focus on student needs through a collaborative process involving all stakeholders to establish and address priority needs, district funding, and closing achievement gaps between identified subgroups of students. The Comprehensive School/District Improvement Plan’s address the Kentucky Board of Education’s Goals.
 
As a condition of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, the Kentucky Department of Education has identified Priority and Focus schools as referenced in 703 KAR 5:225. Focus Schools have low performing gap-groups. These schools have a non-duplicated student gap group score in the bottom ten percent of non-duplicated gap group scores for all elementary, middle and high schools; Schools with an individual student subgroup by level that falls in the bottom five percent for individual subjects; High Schools that have a graduation rate that has been less than eighty percent for two consecutive years.
 
As a condition of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, the Kentucky Department of Education has identified Priority and Focus schools as referenced in 703 KAR 5:225. Priority Schools are low performing schools that have an overall score in the bottom five percent of overall scores by level for all schools that have failed to meet the Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) for the last three consecutive years.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) provides a variety of supports to schools and districts to identify students who may be off-track for College and Career Readiness, promotion, and/or on-time graduation and provide interventions to support students until they earn a diploma.
Kelly Foster
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5130
Fax (502) 564-8149