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Kentucky Education Facts

Kentucky Education Facts

Published: 8/10/2022 6:18 PM
​​​​​​​This page has basic statistical information about Kentucky's schools, including number of schools, number 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 2020-2021 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 – 638,236 (2020-2021 SRC data below) 

Ethnicity of public-school students  

  •  White (Non-Hispanic)– 475,453 

  •  African American – 68,784  

  •  Hispanic – 50,554

  •  Asian – 12,295

  •  Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 908 

  •  Native American – 834 (SRC calls this demographic American Indian OR Alaska Native) 

  •  Two or More Races – 29,545 

Pre-kindergarten (preschool) children enrolled in state-funded programs 21,351 (Source: KDE 2019-2020 Fall/Spring Counts) 

Number of students enrolled in Head Start programs 15,733

Number of exceptional children ages 3-5  

  • 2019-2020:18,564 

  • 2018-2019: 18,232 

  • 2017-2018: 18,070

  • 2020-2021: 15,151

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Number of exceptional children ages 6-21  

  • 2019-2020:90,041  

  • 2018-2019: 87,927  

  • 2017-2018: 86,200 

  • 2020-2021: 90,558 


Students qualifying for Gifted & Talented services 


2020-2021

  • Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 22,556
  • Formal ID (grades 4-12): 64,390​

2019-2020 

  • Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 27,408 

  • Formal ID (grades 4-12):   68,882

2018-2019 

  • Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 26,448
  • Formal ID (grades 4-12): 71,115
2017-2018 
  • 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) –  60.5
 

Student Transitions  

  • College -  18.5%          

  • Technical Training -  0.7% 

  • Military -2.1%                    

  • Working – 28% 

  • Work-School Combination – 35.6%                  

  • Other - 15%

Students receiving immigrant services – 6,842

Number of students served by FRYSCs – 

Number of students served in Extended School Services programs during the school year 
 
Students receiving English Language Services  – 34,086
Languages, other than English, spoken at home by English Language Services students – 
  • Total unique languages – 144
  • Total Students Home Language Spanish – 20,208
  • Total Students Home Language Arabic – 1,553
  • Total Students Home Language Somali – 941
  • Total Students Home Language Swahili – 1,926
  • Total Students Home Language Nepali – 797
  • Total Students Home Language Japanese – 337
  • Total Students Home Language Other – 7,974
Students to modern high-performance computers ratio 0.67:1 (One computer to every .67 students)
Students with internet access beyond the school campus 98%
Number of homeschooled students – 

State dropout rate –      

7th – 12th grade Dropout Rate
2018-2019: 1.3
2017-2018: 1.4
2016-2017: 1.3
9th – 12th grade Dropout Rate
2018-2019: 1.8
2017-2018: 2.0

2016-2017: 1.9

State retention rate – 1.2% grades 4-12
State attendance rate (2018-2019) – 94.2% (2018-2019 is the most recent data. 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 data is not available due to COVID-19)​)
State graduation rate – 
4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
2019-2020: 91.1
2018-2019: 90.6
2017-2018: 90.3
2020-2021: 90.2 

5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate
2019-2020: 92.0
2018-2019: 91.6

2017-2018: 91.3

2020-2021: 92.3 


TEACHERS/ADMINISTRATORS/STAFF

Number of public school teachers –  teachers (2019-2020 SRC)
  • White – 40,399
  • Minority – 2,217
  • Male – 9,575
  • Female – 32,951
Number of educators who hold Kentucky-issued certifications  
Number of employed certified staff, minus teachers 10,502 (as of 9/15/22) 
Number of classified staff 45,439 (as of 9/15/22)
Number of Community Education directors – 
Average years teaching experience (EPSB)
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teachers  
Kentucky's rank in the number of new nationally certified teachers – 

LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION 

Number of local school board seats – 

NOTE: Jefferson County has seven board members because of its size. All other districts have five-members board. 

Gender breakdown of local school board members

  • Male – 
  • Female 
  • Unknown – 

Racial breakdown of local school board members

  • White – 
  • Black – 
  • Asian, Hispanic, other – 
  • Unknown – 
NOTE: All the Local Boards of Education data is for FY 2020 - 2021 

SCHOOL PROGRAMS/COURSES

Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) participation More than 60,000 students in 751 schools representing 139 districts.  

Computer Science and IT Academy student professional certifications for technology-related areas - 398

 *Data for school year 2020-2021 was affected by school district closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital citizenship – 95% of districts report having a strategic plan for teaching digital citizenship to students

Online/blended courses for expanded learning opportunities 94% of school districts offer online or blended course learning opportunities to students. 

Source for Online/blended courses 

Advanced Placement (AP) exams 21,578 

Low-income Advanced Placement (AP) exams 5,256  

Number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of 3 or higher 10,734 


List of available AP courses and exams could be found at Information from the College Board.


SCHOOLS/SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Number of school districts 171 (Does not include Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf but include Kentucky Tech. System districts)

Number of Superintendents - 

Number of public schools 1,477

(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 – 39
  • Elementary (preschool-6th grade) – 657
  • Elementary/middle (any combination of P-6 and grades 6-8) – 74
  • Middle (grades 6-8) – 202
  • Middle/high (any combination of grades 6-8 and 9-12) – 179
  • High (grades 9-12) – 255
  • P-12 (any combination of P-6, grades 6-8 and 9-12) – 71

Types of kindergarten programs offered by school districts 

  • Full day - 171
  • Half day - 0
  • Both – 0
Career and Technical Schools 
  • Locally operated – 43
  • State operated – 52

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 1,145​​

Number of alternative SBDM models – 19

Parents serving on SBDM councils 2,534

Number of school districts served by Community Education programs – 85
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 – 1,111
Number of public schools operating schoolwide Title I programs (those that serve all students in a school) – 913

Number of Title I targeted assistance programs  7
Districts receiving Title III English Language Services funding  70

Districts receiving Title III immigrant funding 14
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 (2021-22) – 9,488

Number of licensed school bus drivers – 8,795  


BUDGETS

Average teacher salary – $55,016  (2021-22) 
Pre-kindergarten state budget – $84,481,100 
Total SEEK budget – $2,949,696,700 (2021-22) 
Total P-12 state education budget - $5,087,565,600 
Total P-12 federal education revenue – $1,349,096,367 
Total P-12 local education revenue – 3,118,831,360 (2021-22) 
Gifted & Talented state budget – $6,208,400 
Title I, Part A funding – $255,488,273 ​
​Title III funding for immigrant services – $109,431 
Title III funding for English learners-English Language services - $4,049,969
Funds allocated for Extended School Services programs  $23,916,300  
Average per-pupil current expense spending – $15,067 

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Shravanthi Raghavapuram
Office of the Commissioner
Division of Communications
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2000 Ext: 4426

shravanthi.raghavapuram@education.ky.gov


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