District 180 is an organizational unit at the Kentucky Department of Education that provides support to low achieving schools through the use of education recovery staff. The mission of District 180 is to build sustainable systems that will drive a continuous improvement approach to focus on student learning in each of Kentucky's Priority Schools. The vision of District 180 is that all students in Kentucky are College and Career Ready upon graduation from high school.
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.
Kentucky currently serves 36 Priority Schools. Under NCLB guidelines, these schools were identified as Persistently Low Achieving Schools. The NCLB waiver for Kentucky creates a clearly defined system. It also provides a more focused approach for school improvement in Kentucky that will allow our priority schools to persistently look ahead on the road to improving student learning. In some specific cases, an Advisory Council will be appointed to provide support to the school's leadership.