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 P-12 education requirements. The department also serves as the state liaison for federal education requirements and funding opportunities.
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 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.
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. See the Programs and Services Directory for information on specific programs, initiatives and resources, including staff who work with those.
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; and
• monitoring school and district compliance with state and federal laws.
KDE Event Moratorium for Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
Each year the Kentucky Department of Education sets a series of dates during which we ask our own staff and other organizations to avoid being in schools and scheduling events for teachers and administrators that are affected by the test(s) for the specific level(s) of students. The dates are selected because they are extremely busy times for schools and districts. Although not all students are taking tests during each of the times listed below, KDE staff should make every attempt to avoid being in schools and scheduling conferences and meetings for the teachers and administrators whose students are involved in the particular test(s) as designated below:
• Beginning-of-school-year moratorium – Month of August 2013 (all schools)
• EXPLORE (middle schools) and PLAN (high schools) – September. 16 - 27, 2013
• End-of-Course Exams – (high schools) These tests are given at the end of courses in English II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History when the coursework is completed in the tested subjects. Since the timing will vary by school district, check to see when these tests are being administered and avoid scheduling a meeting or training with affected staff during these tests. Districts or schools may choose ten consecutive days within the following windows to administer end-of-course assessments:
Aug. 1 - Sept. 13, 2013
Oct. 1 - Nov. 15, 2013
Dec. 2, 2013 - Jan. 17, 2014
Feb. 3 - March 14, 2014
April 1 - June 13, 2014
June 16 - July 15, 2014
• English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for ELLs) – Jan. 1 - Feb. 14, 2014 for English Learners
• ACT Administration – March 4, 2014 (high schools, grade 11)
• ACT Administration Make-up Day – March 18, 2014 (high schools, grade 11)
• March 4 - 18 – ACT Administration Window for Students with Accommodations
• 2014 K-PREP Spring Testing Moratorium – (all schools, grades 3-8, 10 and 11) Last 14 Instructional Days of District Calendar (Districts have flexibility in choosing their K-PREP testing window, which must occur within five days of the last 14 instructional days of a district’s calendar. K-PREP testing will occur on various dates in different districts within an April 15 to June 6, 2014 timeframe; thus, before scheduling a meeting or training within a school district, make sure the event is not held involving affected staff during the local testing window.)
• Alternate K-PREP: Windows to be announced
• End-of-school-year moratorium – May 5 – June 6, 2014 (all schools)
• Beginning-of-school-year moratorium – Month of August 2014 (all schools)
The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Education do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender identity, veteran's status, genetic information or disability in employment or the provision of services.