The Kentucky Department of Education is a service agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and part of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The department provides resources and guidance to Kentucky's public schools and districts as they implement the state's P-12 education requirements. The department also serves as the state liaison for federal education requirements and funding opportunities.
The department is led by an appointed Commissioner of Education, who is hired by and answers to the 11-member Kentucky Board of Education. Offices are administered by associate commissioners, and divisions within those offices are administered by division directors.
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The Kentucky Department of Education
Each and every student empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future.
To partner with districts, schools, families, students, business and industry, and communities to provide leadership and support to ensure success for each and every student.
The department employs approximately 390 Frankfort-based workers; 200 employees in support of the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf; and about 540 employees at the 53 Area Technology Centers.
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for information on specific programs, initiatives and resources, including staff who work with specific programs.
The department's major activities include:
- administering the statewide assessment and accountability system;
- providing technical assistance to schools and districts in the areas of finance, management and curriculum;
- providing support and information to the Kentucky Board of Education as it promulgates state education regulations;
- overseeing the state's education technology system; and
- monitoring school and district compliance with state and federal laws.
KDE Event Moratorium for Fall 2020 – Fall 2021
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) each year sets a series of dates during which we ask our own staff and other organizations to avoid being in schools and scheduling events for teachers and administrators. The dates are selected because they are extremely busy times for schools and districts. Please make every attempt to avoid being in schools and scheduling conferences and meetings as designated below:
Note: KDE is monitoring discussions on waivers from assessment and accountability with the U.S. Department of Education. If offered, the KDE plans to apply for assessment and accountability waivers. If granted, the waivers could impact the moratorium dates.
August-September 2020 (all schools)
Alternate K-PREP Assessment Attainment Tasks (AT)
- Window 1: Feb. 15-March 26, 20201
- Window 2: April 19-May 28, 2021
English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for English Learners) – Late Winter/Early Spring 2021 (specific dates to be announced)
Fall 2020 ACT Test Administration – Note: this administration is for 2019-2020 junior students who missed their opportunity to take the ACT 2020 Spring Administration on March 10, 2020. (This will be a small number of students.) For districts and schools that were not able to test on March 10, the initial and makeup dates are:
- The ACT Standard Time Initial Test Date: Sept. 22, 2020
- The ACT Accommodations Testing Window: Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25 and 28, 29, 30; Oct. 1 and 2, 2020
Makeup Testing Window
- The ACT Standard Time Test Date: Oct. 6, 2020.
- The ACT Accommodations Testing Window: Oct. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12, 2020. There will be no online testing option.
State Spring 2021 ACT Administration Dates (statewide, high school, grade 11)
- Standard (paper): March 9, 2021
- Accommodations (paper): March 9-12 and March 15-19, 2021
- Online Standard and Accommodations: March 9-11 and March 16-18, 2021
State Spring 2021 ACT Makeup Testing Window
- Standard (paper): March 23, 2021
- Online: March 23-25, March. 30-31 and April 1, 2021
- Online testing is available only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
2021 K-PREP Spring Testing Moratorium – (all schools, grades 3-8, 10 and 11)
Last 14 instructional days of the district calendar (Districts have flexibility in choosing their K-PREP testing window, which must occur within five days of the last 14 instructional days of a district's calendar. K-PREP testing will occur on various dates in different districts within an April to June timeframe; thus, before scheduling a meeting or training within a school district, make sure the event is not held involving affected staff during the local testing window.)
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Moratorium
The 2021 AP Exams Testing Window: May 3-7 and May 10-14
International Baccalaureate (IB) Testing Moratorium
The IB Testing Window: May 3-7, May 10-14 and May 17-21.
Usually last month of the school year: May (could stretch into early June if school is extended due to inclement weather)
The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Education do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender identity, veteran's status, genetic information or disability in employment or the provision of services.