Kentucky Education Facts

Published: 2/7/2018 1:17 PM
Basic statistical information about Kentucky's schools, including number of schools, numbers of teachers and students, statewide education funding and other items.
For national statistics, visit the National Center for Education Statistics at​
The Legislative Research Commission's Office of Education Accountability produces Kentucky District Data Profiles, which can be seen here.
Kentucky's public school system is directed by state statutes and regulations. 
*all numbers are for the 2016-17 school year unless otherwise noted

Number of school districts
173 (29 female superintendents; 142 male; 3 minority) Two districts did not report superintendents during the 2018 data collection.  
Number of public schools
(Does not include dependent districts Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox, alternative programs or the Kentucky School for the Deaf and Kentucky School for the Blind)
Preschool – 47​
Elementary (preschool-6th grade) – 86
Elementary/middle (any combination of P-6 and 6-8) – 653
Middle (6-8) – 174
Middle/high (any combination of 6-8 and 9-12) – 55
High (9-12) – 191
P-12 (any combination of P-6 and 6-8 and 9-12) – 14
These figures include one 6th-grade-only and one 9th-grade-only schools.
 Five school districts do not have high schools. They are: Anchorage Independent, East Bernstadt Independent, Science Hill Independent, Southgate Independent and West Point Independent.
Career and technical schools
Locally operated – 22
State operated – 53
Number of public school teachers (actual headcount) 
42,146 (White – 96%; Minority – 4%; Male - 22%; Female – 78%) 
Number of public school students 
Ethnicity of public school students 
White – 77.4%
African American – 10.6%
Hispanic – 6.4%
Asian – 1.7%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – less than 1%
Native American – less than 1%
Two or More Races – 3.6%
Length of school year 
185 days (includes 170 days of instruction; four days of professional development; four holidays; two planning days)
Number of employed certified staff, minus teachers (actual headcount as of September 15, 2017) 
Average teacher salary
Average years teaching experience
11 years, 9 months
Number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
3,601 (8.6% of the total teaching force)
Kentucky's rank in the number of new nationally certified teachers
5th nationwide 
Number of teacher interns 
Number of principal interns
0 (Program was not funded in the current biennium.)
Total number who hold Kentucky-issued certifications (as of January 25, 2018)
212,762 (excludes conditional, adjunct, emergency and temporary certificates, as well as statements of eligibility)
Number of classified staff (actual head count as of September 15, 2017) 
Average per-pupil current expense spending (excludes debt service, facilities and fund transfers)
$10,192 (2015-16 SRC)
Total SEEK budget
$3.0 billion [FY 18]
Total P-12 state education budget (includes general, federal and restricted fund sources)
$5.08 billion FY18
Total P-12 federal education revenue
$948 million [FY 18]
Total P-12 local education revenue
$2.6 billion [2015-2016]
Number of local school board seats 
867 (172 districts have five-member boards; Jefferson County has seven because of its size.)
Gender breakdown of local school board members
Male - 447 Female - 394; 26 either did not indicate gender or were elected/appointed since last demographic survey in 2017
Racial breakdown of local school board members
White – 762, Non-White – 43, 62 unknown because they did not disclose or were elected/appointed since last demographic survey in 2017 
Number of schools served by councils 
1,112 (31 exemptions – 17 because of accountability status; 14 in one-school districts)
NOTE: 703 KAR 5:040 mandates that schools classified as "A1" schools are eligible for SBDM councils. A1 schools do not include preschools, alternative schools, vocational-technical or special education schools.
Number of alternative SBDM models 
Parents serving on SBDM councils 
Number of volunteer hours
State dropout rate 
State retention rate
State attendance rate 
State graduation rate 
(Four-year adjusted cohort rate)
Successful Transition Rate​ (Percentage of high school graduates attending college, vocational/technical schools, entering the military, employed or a combination of the above)
Pre-kindergarten (preschool) children enrolled in state-funded programs 
20,854 (As of December 1, 2017 - includes children who meet eligibility criteria and children served through district funds or tuition) 
Number of students enrolled in Kentucky Head Start programs 
13,144 (KCEWS 2017 Early Childhood profile Public Access Data​)
Pre-kindergarten state budget
$90.1 million [FY18]
Types of kindergarten programs offered by school districts
Full day - 159
Half day - 7
Both – 7
Percent of individuals eligible for free or reduced-price meals in public schools (includes K-12 students; preschool/Head Start students; some adults who qualify through the National School Lunch Program)
73.19% [as of October 2017]
Number of exceptional children ages 3-5
18,071 [as of December 2017]
Number of exceptional children ages 6-21
86,201 [as of December 2017]
Number of students qualifying for Gifted & Talented services
Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 22,134 (as of January 2018)
Formal ID (4-12): 68,137 (as of January 2018)
Gifted & Talented state budget
$6.6 million [FY 18]
Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams
Low-Income students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams
9,988 (31%of total)
AP exams given
Number of AP exams with scores of 3 or higher
25,670 (50%)
Number of public schools operating federal Title I programs
Number of public schools operating schoolwide Title I programs (those that serve all students in a school) 
Number of Title I targeted assistance programs
Title I, Part A funding
$210.3 million 2017-18
Title III funding for immigrant services
Districts receiving Title III immigrant funding
Students receiving Title III-funded immigrant services
Districts receiving Title III EL funding
Students receiving Title III-funded EL services
Title III funding for English learners-EL services
$3.46 million
State funding for EL students
$8 million
Number of students qualifying for state-funded EL services
Languages, other than English, spoken at home by EL students 
Total – 135
Spanish (61%)
Arabic (6%)
Somali (4%)
Swahili (3%)
Nepali (2%)
Japanese (2%) 
Others (approximately 22%)
Students to modern high-performance computers ratio 
1.1-to-1 [as of June 2017]
Percentage of networked schools with high-speed fiber internet access, email and direct dial-in/out telephone access
100%, with a minimum of 100 kbps to 150 kbps of bandwidth available per student (all 173 district offices have access to high-speed fiber internet services)
Students with internet access at home
78% to 89% (78% broadband, 11% cellular), with 89% of students with home access reporting having wireless access at home)
Amount of federal e-Rate funding available to Kentucky school districts for technology and statewide fiber internet services
$35.2 million [FY 17]
Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) participation
77% of Kentucky schools participate in the statewide program, with a 2016-17 year over year growth of 16%. More than 9,300 students from 465 schools and 118 districts participated in the 2017 STLP State Championship. 
Imagine Academy student professional certifications for technology-related areas
91% high school and area technology center participation in the statewide program. Students earned more than 15,000 professionally recognized career-ready certifications in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years combined, with a 59% certification pass rate, which is 29% greater than the national average. 
Digital citizenship
90% of Kentucky school districts report having a meaningful strategic digital citizenship program in which students are learning the nine fundamental elements of safe and responsible use with online or digital tools.
Online or blended courses for expanded learning opportunities and experiences
90% of Kentucky school districts are offering online or blended courses to students.
Number of students accessing the technology-enabled Individual Learning Plan (ILP) (as of 2015-16 school year)
91% of students in grades 6-12 who have an ILP update or complete their plans annually (more than 260,000 accounts)
Number of family resource/youth services centers (FRYSC)
811 (421 family resource; 266 youth services; 124 combined)
Number of schools served by FRYSCs
Number of students served by FRYSCs
Number of students served in extended school services programs during the school year (not including summer programs)
Funds allocated for ESS programs
$24.6 million
Number of Community Education directors 
Number of school districts served by Community Education programs 
Number of school buses (as of December 2017)
Number of licensed school bus drivers (as of January 2018)​

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