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World Languages

World Languages Standards

Published: 12/1/2020 9:14 AM


World Language Standards Revision Update

KRS 158.6453 calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years after that on a rotating basis. 

Beginning in August 2019, the KDE sought feedback on the Kentucky Academic Standards for World Language Proficiency. An advisory panel and review committee were selected based on their expertise in the area of world language, as well as being practicing teachers in the field of world languages. Statewide representation also was considered.

After the first public comment period, the advisory panel and review committee convened over January-June 2020 to respond to feedback and complete a draft of the new world language standards. The second public comment period began Aug. 14 and concluded Sept. 16.

Moving forward, the proposed Kentucky Academic Standards for World Language are scheduled for a first reading at the Kentucky Board of Education's (KBE) December meeting. The internal KBE approval process likely will continue until June 2021, and then the standards begin the regulatory process. Standards implementation should be slated for the fall of 2022-2023.

Please email the standards team with questions.


Curriculum for World Languages

Curriculum is a local decision. Since the Kentucky Board of Education adopts standards for minimum graduation requirements, districts define expectations for electives in programs valued by Kentucky Department of Education. The document that follows describe the competencies that support quality programs for World Languages, including American Sign Language and Classical Languages.


The Kentucky standard for World Language Proficiency

The complete Kentucky standard for World Language Proficiency document with narrative, language and intercultural competencies

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Please contact the world languages team with any questions.​

Elena Kamenetzky

Eastern High School, JCPS

2021 National Language Teacher of the Year


National Resources

2017 NCSSFL – ACTFL Can-Do Statements and Benchmarks

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