In 2017, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 128 (2017). This law reads that the Kentucky Board of Education will create standards for a social studies course that will include:
- An elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible;
- An elective social studies course on the New Testament of the Bible; or
- An elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.
For more information on the Bible Literacy elective course, visit the KDE Historical and Cultural Influences of the Bible webpage
In 2017, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 159 (2017).This law reads that beginning in July 2018, a student must pass, with 60% accuracy, a Civics Test composed of 100 questions in order to graduate from a public high school with a regular diploma. For more information on the Civics Test, visit the KDE Civics Test webpage
Pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. This Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the ''Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,'' Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).
Holocaust and Other Acts of Genocide
House Bill 128 (2018) requires schools to include both instruction on Holocaust and genocide in their curriculum. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has convened a team representing educators, representatives from higher education and community members from across Kentucky to write and revise the High School Holocaust Curriculum Guide
to be in accordance with the law. We anticipate the revised guide being available in the fall of 2018.
The Kentucky General Assembly per KRS 158.175 has required that the Kentucky Department of Education create instructional materials related to the appropriate display of the flag. This webquest was created for teachers to use in response to that legislative mandate.
The passage of Senate Bill 47 in 2006 changed the Veterans Day requirements for schools in Kentucky. Please see this page for more information relating to requirements for all public schools.
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