Kentucky Academic Standards
Schools are required to use the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) as the basis of their curricula and instruction. The Kentucky Academic Standards contain the minimum required standards that all Kentucky students should have the opportunity to learn before graduating from Kentucky high schools. The standards address what is to be learned, but do not address how learning experiences are to be designed or what resources should be used.
The Kentucky Academic Standards have been separated into content areas for educator convenience. Click to access the Kentucky Academic Standards- Social Studies document. The standards appear exactly as they do in the comprehensive Kentucky Academic Standards document, which is incorporated by reference into regulation.
Standards Revision Process
Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The proposed schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years thereafter on a rotating basis. This process began in January 2018 for social studies.
Advisory panels for each content area will review the standards and make recommendations for changes to a Standards and Assessment Review Development Committee. Advisory panels will consist of at least six public school educators who teach the content standards being reviewed along with a representative from an institution of higher education in Kentucky for each grade band: elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high school.
The Standards and Assessment Review and Development Committee for each content area will review findings and make recommendations to revise or replace existing standards and adjust assessments to ensure alignment with the standards. A minimum of six public school educators, who teach in the academic content area being reviewed, and two representatives from higher education, as well as other community shareholders comprise each committee.
The Standards and Assessments Process Review Committee, which is made up of the Commissioner of Education, or his designee, as a non-voting member and three voting members who are to be selected by the Kentucky Board of Education. The Standards and Assessments Process Review Committee will review the process to ensure that shareholders have had adequate opportunity for input. If the process is found sufficient, the recommendations (without amendment) go to the Kentucky Board of Education for consideration. If the process is found deficient, the recommendations may be returned to the appropriate standards and assessment review and development committee for additional work.
Once the Kentucky Board of Education approves the revised standards and they clear the traditional regulatory review process, which provides yet an additional opportunity for public input, they will be implemented in all Kentucky public schools no later than the second academic year following the process.
Please note that until new standards are adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education, schools are required to use the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS)
as the basis of their curricula and instruction. The Kentucky Academic Standards contain the minimum required standards that all Kentucky students should have the opportunity to learn before graduating from Kentucky high schools. The standards address what is to be learned, but do not address how learning experiences are to be designed or what resources should be used.
For more information on the social studies standards revision process, view the Social Studies Standards Revision Process Critical Fact Sheet.
Questions on this process can be directed to the Standards Email Account.