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.
Provide support services, technical assistance and resources to ensure state regulations are implemented.
Collect and analyze data for the purpose of continuous school improvement.
Collect evidence of best practices and research based instructional methods.
Ensure all students have equitable access to district resources and qualified teachers.
Review program and district’s transitional documented policies and procedures to ensure a successful transition from alternative programs/schools to transferring school.
This report was produced to help give an accurate picture of alternative programs in Kentucky. Data was collected through the state student information system (Infinite Campus) and self-reporting surveys from alternative programs throughout the state. This report was reviewed by the following outside agencies:
Districts with alternative programs and districts without alternative programs.
This flyer provides a brief highlight of what will be expected of off-site and on-site alternative education programs for the 2013-14 school year.
Report cards for alternative schools are now available for review through KDE's Open House
. These reports will assist with quality, accountability and awareness for our alternative programs in Kentucky.
To address the challenges of preparing all students to graduate college and career ready, the Kentucky Department of Education has promulgated a regulation, 704 KAR 19:002
. The Alternative Education Programs regulation will be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year. Guidelines for implementation of this regulation will be made available as well as training over the summer.
What is happening NOW with Alternative Programs?
Best Practices Strategies:
We have received our first round of applications for Best Practice Strategies with Alternative Programs. These applications have been reviewed and those being recognized will be posted on KDE’s Best Practices Website
. KDE in partnership with KECSAC
is recognizing best practices strategies in place of the best practices sites that we have recognized in the past. We will be calling for the next round of submissions in the near future. We will keep our alternative programs posted as to when this 2nd window for submissions is open along with some guidance on the application process.
Consolidated Monitoring Visits:
KDE is currently conducting consolidated monitoring visits of 14 school districts in Kentucky. The Alternative Learning Branch is part of this process, visiting our alternative schools in the districts where the audits are taking place. We would like to thank the alternative programs we have already visited and look forward to future visits.