About KDE

About KDE

Published: 11/26/2018 1:09 PM

​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.
 
See a copy of our Organizational Chart.
 
The Kentucky Department of Education
Vision
Each and every student empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future.
 
Mission
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.
 
Core Values
  • Equity
  • Achievement
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
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. 
 
See the Programs and Services Directory 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 2018 – Fall 2019
The Kentucky Department of Education 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:
 
Beginning-of-school-year moratorium – Month of August 2018 (all schools)
 
Alternate K-PREP Assessment Attainment Tasks (AT):
Window 1: (specific date to be announced)
Window 2: (specific date to be announced)
 
English Language Proficiency Testing (ACCESS for English Language Learners) – Late winter/early spring 2019 (specific dates to be announced)
 
College Admission Test Administration (statewide, high school, grade 11) – Spring 2019 (specific date to be announced)
 
College Admission Test Administration Make-up Day (statewide, high school, grade 11) – Spring 2019 (specific date to be announced)
 
College Admission Test Administration for Students with Accommodations – Spring 2019 (specific dates to be announced)
 
2019 K-PREP Spring Testing Moratorium – (all schools, grades 3-8, 10 and 11) Last 14 Instructional Days of 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 72019 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.)
 
End-of-school-year moratorium – Usually last month of the school year -- May (could stretch into early June if school is extended due to inclement weather)
 
School Year 2019-20
 
Beginning-of-school-year moratorium – Month of August 2018 (all schools)
 
  
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.

Jessica Fletcher
Office of the Commissioner
Division of Communications
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2000 Ext. 4611
Fax (502) 564-3049 
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