Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge

Published: 6/29/2015 8:53 AM
From August 25, 2014 through April 30, 2015, the Kentucky Department of Education sought public input on the state's English/language arts and mathematics standards through the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) Challenge. 
Academic standards define what Kentucky students are expected to learn at each grade level in order to graduate ready for success in college and career. How the standards are taught – the curriculum or methods and materials used – is decided at the local level, as it was with previous standards. To learn more about how the standards are organized and numbered click on English/language arts guide or mathematics guide.
The KCAS Challenge had two primary goals:
1. increase awareness and understanding of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in English/language arts and mathematics that were adopted in 2010
2. solicit actionable feedback on the standards as part of the department's regular review process of the academic standards that have been implemented in Kentucky's public schools.
Nearly 4,000 people took part in the challenge, which was widely publicized by the department and education partners, as well as in the media. Almost 50 percent of those who weighed in on the standards were teachers or retired teachers, about 20 percent were parents, eight percent were administrators or school district staff, and about eight percent represented business or the community at-large. The remainder were students, professors and state agency partners. 
Overall, 88 percent of the respondents gave the standards a “thumbs up” and did not indicate any changes were needed. About 12 percent of respondents indicated they would like to see some sort of change in one or more of the standards. Of those who wanted to see a change, 71 percent wanted to see one or more of the standards moved to a different grade level; 32 percent suggested a rewrite of a standard and about 8 percent wanted to see a current standard broken into two or more standards. Respondents could suggest more than one change to the standards.
Teams of content experts, teachers from K-12 and postsecondary, and education stakeholders are working with agency staff to review all of the feedback collected as part of the challenge and propose revisions that have merit for improving the overall quality and appropriateness of the standards to promote college/career readiness for all students. Proposed changes will be shared with educators for clarity before going to the Kentucky Board of Education for consideration. Any changes to the standards would not be implemented until the 2016-17 school year or later.

The Kentucky Academic Standards in English/language arts and mathematics have been taught in Kentucky classrooms since the 2011-12 school year.
For more information see challenge kickoff news release and challenge results news release​.

Media Coverage of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge

VIDEO:  KCAS Kickoff, Woodford Co. H.S., August 25, 2014

Education Week, 8/25/14: Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common Core Standards

Louisville Courier Journal, 8/25/14: Ky. schools chief calls for Common Core review

Lexington Herald Leader, 8/25/14: State education chief unveils plan to improve English, math requirements

Associated Press (WLEX), 8/25/14: Suggestions Sought for Education Standards

WFPL, 8/25/14: Kentucky Education Department Wants Feedback on Common Core, and to Clear Up Misperceptions

WDRB, 8/25/14: Ky. Dept. of Education asking for feedback on Common Core standards

Louisville Courier Journal, 8/31/14, Op-Ed: Comment on state's academic standards

Louisville Courier Journal 8/31/14, Editorial: Making Common Core better