Kentucky Education Facts

Published: 5/2/2017 12:53 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 2015-16 school year unless otherwise noted

Number of school districts
173 (34 female superintendents; 139 male; 4 minority)
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)
Elementary (preschool-6th grade) – 696
Elementary/middle (any combination of P-6 and 6-8) – 84
Middle (6-8) – 225
Middle/high (any combination of 6-8 and 9-12) – 20
High (9-12) – 203
P-12 (any combination of P-6 and 6-8 and 9-12) – 12
Preschool – 12
These figures include only schools classified as A1 that serve the general population and do not include special or alternative programs or state-run school.
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 – 42
State operated – 53
Number of public school teachers (actual headcount) 
42,040 (White – 95%; Minority – 5%; Male - 22%; Female – 78%) 
Number of public school students 
Ethnicity of public school students 
White – 79%
African American – 10.5%
Hispanic – 6%
Asian – 1.6%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – less than 1%
Native American – less than 1%
Other – 3.3%
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) 
Average teacher salary
Average years teaching experience
11 years, 8 months
Number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
3,273 (7.8% of the total teaching force)
Kentucky's rank in the number of new nationally certified teachers
6th 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 Jan. 30, 2017)
161,500 (excludes conditional, adjunct, emergency and temporary certificates, as well as statements of eligibility)
Number of classified staff (actual head count) 
Average per-pupil current expense spending (excludes debt service, facilities and fund transfers)
Total SEEK budget
$3.0 billion [FY 17]
Total P-12 state education budget (includes general, federal and restricted fund sources)
$ 5.02 billion [FY 17]
Total P-12 federal education revenue
$888 million [FY 17]
Total P-12 local education revenue
$2.5 billion [FY 16]
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 - 391 Female - 389; 142 either did not indicate gender or were elected/appointed since last demographic survey in 2016
Racial breakdown of local school board members
White – 667, Non-White – 37, 163 unknown because they did not disclose or were elected/appointed since last demographic survey in 2016 
Number of schools served by councils 
1,107 (41 exemptions – 27 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 
(Five-year adjusted cohort)
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 
19,183 (includes children who meet eligibility criteria and children served through district funds or tuition) 
Number of students enrolled in Kentucky Head Start programs 
13,095 (Dec. 1, 2016 count)
Pre-kindergarten state budget
$90.1 million [FY 16]
Types of kindergarten programs offered by school districts
Full day - 159
Half day - 8
Both – 6
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)
70.57% [as of January 2017]
Number of exceptional children ages 3-5
17,519 [as of December 2016]
Number of exceptional children ages 6-21
83,787 [as of December 2015]
Number of students qualifying for Gifted & Talented services
Primary Talent Pool (K-3): 21,612 (as of November 2016)
Formal ID (4-12): 88,564 (as of November 2016)
Gifted & Talented state budget
$6.6 million [FY 17]
Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams
AP exams given
Number of AP exams with scores of 3 or higher
24,777 (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
$200,374,060 [FY 16]
Title III funding for immigrant services
Districts receiving Title III immigrant funding
Students receiving Title III-funded immigrant services
Title III funding for English learners (EL) services
$3.2 million 
Districts receiving Title III EL funding
Students receiving Title III-funded EL services
Title III funding for English learners-EL services
$3.2 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 [2014-15 data from June 1, 2015]
Total – 139
Spanish (62%)
Arabic (5%)
Somali (3%)
Nepali (2%)
Japanese (2%)
Swahili (2%)
Karen (2%)
Mai Mai (1%)
Bosnian (2%)
Chinese, Mandarin (1%)
Others (approximately 18%)
Students to modern high-performance computers ratio 
1.4-to-1 [as of June 2016]
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 of bandwidth available per student (all 173 district offices have access to high-speed fiber internet services)
Students with internet access at home
88% (94% of those students report having wireless access at home)
Amount of federal e-Rate funding available to Kentucky school districts for technology and statewide fiber internet services
$40.5 million [FY 16]
Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) participation
92% of Kentucky schools participate in the statewide program, with a 2015-16 year over year growth of 24%. More than 8,000 students from 399 schools and 99 districts participated in the annual 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 8,300 professional career-ready certifications in the 2015-16 school year. Students completed 28,951 online technology-related courses. 
Kentucky Instructional Management System (IMS) and Educator Development Suite (EDS) participation
1.6 million average logins per month. Over an average 60-day period, 29,132 unique teacher and 2,535 unique administrators use IMS. In 2015-16, 219,000 students used IMS for student portfolios and common and formative assessments. An average of 23,000 students log in to the system each week. In the EDS, 304,000 formative assessments and 646,000 lesson plans created 92,000 electronic instructional resources aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards. 
Digital citizenship
91% of Kentucky school districts report having a meaningful 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
86% of Kentucky school districts are offering online or blended courses to students.
Number of students accessing the technology-enabled Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
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
816 (423 family resource; 267 youth services; 129 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
Number of licensed school bus drivers 

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