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Kentucky Education Facts

Kentucky Education Facts

Published: 6/9/2020 12:35 PM
Basic statistical information about Kentucky's schools, including number of schools, numbers of teachers and students, statewide education funding and other items.
 

Kentucky's public school system is directed by state statutes and regulations. All numbers listed are for the 2018-2019 school year unless otherwise noted.

For national statistics, visit the National Center for Education Statistics.

The Legislative Research Commission's Office of Education Accountability produces 2018 Kentucky District Data Profiles.     
 

STUDENTS

Number of public school students – 648,369

Ethnicity of public school students 

  •  White – 76.8%
  •  African American – 10.5%
  •  Hispanic – 6.8%
  •  Asian – 1.8%
  •  Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 0.1%
  •  Native American – 0.1%
  •  Two or More Races – 3.9%

Pre-kindergarten (preschool) children enrolled in state-funded programs – 21,649 (source: KDE December 1, 2019 Count, eligible 3- and 4-year-olds)

Number of students enrolled in Head Start programs 13,875 (source: Kentucky Center for Statistics)

Number of exceptional children ages 3-5 

  • 2017-2018: 18,070
  • 2018-2019: 18,232

Number of exceptional children ages 6-21 
  • 2017-2018: 86,200
  • 2018-2019: 87,927

Students qualifying for Gifted & Talented services (2018-2019 School Report Card data)

  • Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 26,448
  • Formal ID (grades 4-12): 71,115
Students qualifying for Gifted & Talented services (2017-2018 School Report Card data) 
  • Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 26,729
  • Formal ID (grades 4-12): 71,305
Percent of individuals eligible for free or reduced-price meals in public schools K-12 students reported to KDE as of the last day of enrollment in the school year) – 60.70% (2018-2019)
Student Transitions (2018-2019) –
  • College                        51.5%
  • Technical Training      4.9%
  • Military                         2.9%
  • Working                       21.3%
  • Other                           11.2%
Students receiving immigrant services – 8,089
Number of students served by FRYSCs 637,640 (this is the total enrollment of schools served by FRYSC, including preschool and Head Start students located in school served by FRYSC)
Number of students served in Extended School Services programs during the school year 131,214 (2018-2019) 
Students receiving English Language Services – 28,211
Languages, other than English, spoken at home by English Language Services students 
  • Total unique languages – 143
  • Total Students Home Language Spanish – 18,304
  • Total Students Home Language Arabic – 1,486
  • Total Students Home Language Somali – 942
  • Total Students Home Language Swahili – 1,381
  • Total Students Home Language Nepali – 695
  • Total Students Home Language Japanese – 439
  • Total Students Home Language Other – 8,506
Students to modern high-performance computers ratio – 0.96:1 (One computer to every .96 students)
Students with internet access at home 84-91%
Number of homeschooled students – approximately 19,634 (Number of home schools not collected)

State dropout rate (2018-2019)  1.4% 

State retention rate (2018-2019) 1.3% grades 4-12
State attendance rate (2018-2019) – 94.2% 

State graduation rate – (2018- 2019) - 91.1% 


TEACHERS/ADMINISTRATORS/STAFF

Number of public school teachers – 42,024 teachers
  • White – 95.3% 
  • Minority – 4.8% 
  • Male – 22.4% 
  • Female – 77.6% 
Number of educators who hold Kentucky-issued certifications 212,228  
Number of employed certified staff, minus teachers – 8,824  
Number of classified staff – 46,455 
Number of Community Education directors – 93
Average years teaching experience (EPSB) –11.92 
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teachers – 4,007   
Kentucky's rank in the number of new nationally certified teachers – 5th

LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION 

Number of local school board seats – 862

NOTE: 171 districts have five-member boards; Jefferson County has seven because of its size.

Gender breakdown of local school board members

  • Male – 440
  • Female – 391

NOTE: 29 either did not indicate gender or were elected/appointed since last demographic survey in 2018. There were two vacancies as of May 6, 2020.

Racial breakdown of local school board members

  • White – 753
  • Black – 47
  • Asian, Hispanic, other – 6
  • Unknown – 25
NOTE: The 29 board members who did not list a gender aren’t included in these number, neither are the two local school board member vacancies listed on May 6, 2020

SCHOOL PROGRAMS/COURSES

Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) participation More than 55,000 students in 751 schools representing 139 districts
Imagine Academy student professional certifications for technology-related areas This is a new baseline year for a brand new Computer Science and IT Academy no data this year
Digital citizenship 96% of districts report having a strategic plan for teaching digital citizenship to students
Online/blended courses for expanded learning opportunities

  • 90% of school districts offer online or blended course learning opportunities to students
  • More than 30,000 different students took 56,000 online or virtual courses
Advanced Placement (AP) exams – 50,506
Low-income Advanced Placement (AP) exams 8,341
Number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 3 or higher 16,048

SCHOOLS/SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Number of school districts 172 ( 34 female superintendents;  136 male;  4 minority) Two districts did not report superintendents during the 2020 data collection 

Number of public schools 1,466 

(Does not include Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox dependent districts, alternative programs or the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind)

  • Preschool – 38
  • Elementary (preschool-6th grade) – 655
  • Elementary/middle (any combination of P-6 and grades 6-8) – 84
  • Middle (grades 6-8) – 203
  • Middle/high (any combination of grades 6-8 and 9-12) – 170
  • High (grades 9-12) – 257
  • P-12 (any combination of P-6, grades 6-8 and 9-12) – 59

Types of kindergarten programs offered by school districts 

  • Full day - 176
  • Half day - 4
  • Both – 5
Career and Technical Schools 
  • Locally operated – 42
  • State operated – 53

Length of school year – 185 days (includes minimum 170 instructional days (1,062 hours), four professional development days, four holidays, and two planning days)
Number of schools served by councils 1,129

Number of alternative SBDM models – 23

Parents serving on SBDM councils 2,473

Number of school districts served by Community Education programs – 93
Number of family resource/youth services centers (FRYSC) – 856

Number of schools served by FRYSCs – approximately 1,200

Number of public schools operating federal Title I programs 916
Number of public schools operating schoolwide Title I programs (those that serve all students in a school) – 903

Number of Title I targeted assistance programs 13
Districts receiving Title III English Language Services funding 34 stand-alone districts and 11 consortium programs that include 37 districts

Districts receiving Title III immigrant funding 3
Percentage of networked schools with high-speed fiber internet access, email and direct dial-in/out telephone access 100%

 

SCHOOL BUSES

Number of school buses – 9,726 (as of 5/5/2020)

Number of licensed school bus drivers – 9,758 (as of 5/5/2020) 


BUDGETS

Average per-pupil current expense spending$14,063

Average teacher salary – $53,926

Pre-kindergarten state budget – $84,481,100 (source: KDE 2020-2021)
Total SEEK budget – $2,973,696,700 (2020-2021)

Total P-12 state education budget (includes general, federal and restricted fund sources) – $5,081,677,452

Total P-12 federal education revenue – $948,493,100

Total P-12 local education revenue – $2,900,885,932 (2018-2019)

Gifted & Talented state budget – $6.2 million per fiscal year; $12.4 million for the biennium 

Title I, Part A funding – $218,073,653

Title III funding for immigrant services 

  • $153,056 was reserved for immigrant allocations for districts who experienced a significant increase
  • $79,709 was awarded to the three districts who qualified for funding

Title III funding for English learners-English Language services $3,482,050

Funds allocated for Extended School Services programs $23,407,974.00

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