Senate Bill 1 (2009) required the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), plan and implement a comprehensive process for revising the academic content standards in all areas. This page documents the development of Kentucky's academic standards that collectively are known as the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS).
English/language arts and mathematics standards
Citing a need for new common standards, 48 states joined together in the Common Core State Standards Initiative to develop new English/language arts and mathematics standards. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers coordinated the state-led effort.
In February 2010, Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and subsequently incorporated them into the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. The new English/language arts and mathematics standards were first taught in Kentucky schools in the 2011-12 school year.
Myth vs. Fact
Top 10 reasons to support the Common Core
Why administrators support the Common Core
Why teachers support the Common Core
What a parent can expect from the Common Core
PTA’s Parents Guide to Student Success (includes grade-by-grade parent guides to the Common Core)
Teacher Voices -- Kentucky teachers speak out in favor of the Common Core State Standards
VIDEO: Why are higher standards important for students and teachers in the classroom?
VIDEO: Why do teachers need to help students meet the higher standards?
VIDEO: What would you say to a critic of the common core?
VIDEO: Why are assessments in the classroom important for teachers and students?
All Eyes on Kentucky, a video related to the Common Core Academic Standards and produced by the School Improvement Network; click here to view.
The Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have developed a series of video vignettes that explain the Common Core State Standards in depth. An overview
is available, as are individual vignettes on mathematics
and English/language arts
News Release announcing the Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose
Authored by David T. Conley, Co-Chair of the Common Core State Standards Validation Committee, this publication provides a clear, concise, and accurate summary of the rationale and development process of the Common Core, along with a summary of the research base supporting the standards and evidence that the Common Core State Standards will prepare students for college and careers.
Kentucky's Process for Adopting the New Common Core Standards
Webcast of joint meeting Adopting the Common Core State Standards
Joint Resolution Supporting the Adoption and Integration of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards
Support for the Standards
KY Business Support for the Common Core
Kentucky Board of Education Resolution in Support of Senate Bill 1, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and college/career-readiness for all
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Resolution in Support of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards
Kentucky began implementing the standards in 2010 through a series of regional leadership networks with representation from every district in the state. Kentucky teachers first taught and assessed the standards in the 2011-12 school year with results reported in the fall of 2012. See news release.
Collaborative tools help Kentucky teachers with standards implementation (Hechinger Report)
Due to the implementation mandates of Senate Bill 1 (2009), Kentucky opted to contract with a vendor to develop aligned state tests of the English/language arts and mathematics standards, as it has with state tests in the past. While Kentucky was originally a participating/advisory state in both national testing consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC, the state has since withdrawn from both.
PARCC withdrawal letter
Kentucky was one of 26 lead states involved in the development of Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As a Lead State Partner, Kentucky educators had a great degree of input on shaping the standards along with the other lead states. This process was coordinated by Achieve, an education non-profit organization.
VIDEO: Next-Generation Science Standards, by States for States
The Next-Generation Science Standards
The NGSS were based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
published by the National Academies Press. A brief outlining the Framework
is available for download.Kentucky's Next-Generation Science Standards FactsComparing Kentucky's Former Science Standards with the NGSSThe Need for New Science Standards
Frequently Asked Questions
about the NGSS
The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are standards with a purpose. The NGSS shift expectations of students from memorization to understanding, and from recitation to application, providing teachers and students with the tools to transform science education into something that students can use to make sense of the world throughout their lives. The standards require shifts in both student learning and classroom instruction. Such shifts will help create opportunities for all students to meet the expectations set forth by the NGSS.
The following videos function as a primer to the NGSS. They videos provide an overview of the vision for the NGSS, as well as in-depth descriptions of each of the standards’ three dimensions. For the purpose of introducing the innovations in the standards, each of the three dimensions are described separately here, but in the NGSS, the integration of all three dimensions is fundamental to enabling students to shift from passive observers to active participants in science.
Importantly, the videos showcase teachers making sense of the standards by engaging in performances that students might do in a classroom, and highlight knowledge application as a vehicle for understanding. (from a blog written by NGSS Writing Team Leader Brett Moulding; videos from Achieve and the Teaching Channel)
VIDEO: NGSS, Crosscutting Concepts
VIDEO: NGSS, A Vision for K-12 Science Education
Development Process for the Next-Generation Science Standards
Kentucky Teacher article on Kentucky being chosen as a lead state
Kentucky Teacher article on science/social studies standards development
In June 2013, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) was the second state in the nation to adopt the Next-Generation Science Standards. (See minutes -- page 20)
A public comment period followed in July. A summary of public comments (both written and verbal) were compiled into the Statement of Consideration. A video recording of the public hearing held July 23 may be accessed here. Based on the public comments received, at its August 2013 meeting the KBE voted unanimously to move the standards forward without change.
The governor overrode a legislative subcommittee and approved the regulation incorporating the NGSS into the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in September 2013.
Support for the Standards
National Scientific Community
Kentucky began implementing the standards in the fall of 2013 through a series of regional leadership networks
with representation from every district in the state. Kentucky teachers are scheduled to first teach the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards in science in the 2014-15 school year.