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.
Priority and Focus Schools
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. Forty-one schools have been as Priority Schools. Approximately 300 Focus schools have been identified based on 2011-2012 school year assessment.
This page details the mission, vision and job duties of the Educational Recovery Staff assigned to Kentucky's 41 Priority Schools
Strategies for Closing Gaps
This page is dedicated to providing access to the work of the six identified strategies of the Gap Delivery Plan.
The Kentucky Department of Education is in the process of redesigning teacher evaluation into a Professional Growth and Effectiveness System that includes proposed multiple measures of teacher effectiveness.
Our mission is to provide guidance and assistance to Kentucky Alternative Education programs / schools and ensure continuous improvement in instruction, practices and curriculum to help all Kentucky students to be college and career ready.
Persistence to Graduation Toolkit
To support schools in meeting the mandates of Senate Bill 1 and the Commonwealth Commitment to College and Career Readiness, the Kentucky Department of Education has developed the Persistence to Graduation - Evidence-Based Strategies Toolkit.
No Pass No Drive
The No Pass/No Drive law (KRS 159.051) was passed during the 2007 legislative session, and affects 16 and 17-year-old students in every public and private school in Kentucky (including home school students). If deemed noncompliant, a student’s current driver’s license or learner’s permit is revoked.