Unbridled Learning

Unbridled Learning

Published: 9/26/2016 12:37 PM

​Unbridled Learning is the name given to the new era in public education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky - designed to ensure every child reaches his/her learning potential and graduates from high school ready for college and career.


Senate Bill 1, passed  in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, set the course for Unbridled Learning in the state.

The legislation addresses many areas – what students should learn, what will be tested, how subjects will be tested, when tests are given, what should comprise the public school accountability system and more. 

Senate Bill 1
For summary and complete versions of the Senate Bill 1 (2009), click here.

Highlights of Senate Bill 1
Learn the basics of 2009's Senate Bill 1.

Senate Bill 1 mandated new academic standards for what Kentucky students should know and be able to do at each grade level in various content areas.
Click here for more information about the standards and their development.
Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests
Senate Bill 1 also required new assessments aligned with the new standards. These assessments were collectively named the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests and were first given as part of a new assessment program in the 2011-12 school year.
How are Kentucky's public schools and districts be judged on their performance?
Unbridled Learning Summary
This document summarizes the Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All accountability model.
Kentucky's Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability model conformed with the requirements for standards, assessments and accountability as set forth under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, as well as United States Department of Education approved waivers from certain provisions of NCLB.

In December 2015, Congress reauthorized a new version​ of the law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The provisions of the law differ from those of No Child Left Behind. Waivers provided under NCLB expired in August 2016.

As a result, the 2015-16 school year data will be the last reported under the Unbridled Learning model. ​

With input from the public, education and other shareholders are developing a new system of accountability for Kentucky schools that is aligned with the provisions of ESSA.  The current timeline calls for the new system to be in place for the 2017-18 school year.

For more on the Every Student Succeeds Act and the development of Kentucky's new accountability system, click here.

Rebecca Blessing
Office of Legal, Legislative and Communication Services
Division of Communications
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2000
Fax (502) 564-3049 

Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability

For school, district and statewide data, visit KDE's School Report Card.

For the most recent test scores and other data, visit KDE's Open House.​

K-PREP Sample Test Items

End-of-Course Sample Test Items


2016 Unbridled Learning Briefing
(9-22-16)    Webcast  ​       PowerPoint​ ​

NOTE: During the webcast​, the information shared on 2015-16 Rewards Categories on page 26 of the PPT was incorrect. It should have been:
School of Distinction: Top 5% of schools and meets AMO, graduation rate goal (4-year cohort), participation rate goal and has graduation rate above 80% for 2 years.

High Performing School: Top 10% of schools and meets AMO, graduation rate goal and participation rate goal.

The attached PPT is correct. We apologize for the error.

This white paper​ documents how the Kentucky Department of Education and education partners collaborated and communicated Kentucky's standards, assessments, scores​ and Unbridled Learning Accountable System.



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