The mission of the Best Practices web site is to promote practices that motivate, engage, and provide measurable results in school district achievement, processes and learning in schools throughout Kentucky. This site will support teachers, administrators, district personnel and any other education advocates seeking strategies that have been proven successful in a variety of settings. We will research, compile, disseminate and promote practices for educators with the goal of improving educational opportunities for all children. KDE has identified effective practices that improve student performance.
The best practices found here will include all aspects that impact student learning; both directly and indirectly. That means going beyond just instructional practices. They will be categorized based on the Kentucky AdvancED Standards.
Standard 1 - Purpose and Direction: The school maintains and communicates a purpose and direction that commit to high expectations for learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and learning.
Standard 2 - Governance and Leadership: The system operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and system effectiveness.
Standard 3 - Teaching and Assessing for Learning: The system's curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning across all grades and courses.
Standard 4 - Resources and Support Systems: The system has resources and provides services in all schools that support its purpose and direction to ensure success for all students.
Standard 5 - Using Results for Continuous Improvement: The system implements a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range of data about student learning and system effectiveness and uses the results to guide continuous improvement.
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Who has been recognized? This page spotlights the Kentucky schools that have been recognized and celebrated for their best practices.
2014 Best Practice Schools Recognized
On September 23, 2014, during the second annual Continuous Improvement Summit, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized nine schools and one district for best practices. See news release for more information.