Kentucky Academic Standards

Kentucky Academic Standards

Published: 3/24/2019 3:13 PM

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. 

Revised Kentucky Academic Standards Adopted for 2019-20 School Year

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for health education, physical education, reading and writing, and mathematics have been adopted into law.

The process included revisions by Kentucky educators and community members, public input and review by the Kentucky Board of Education before undergoing final legislative review and adoption. New computer science standards also were developed and adopted into law.

The newly adopted standards will be implemented in Kentucky classrooms beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and can be accessed on the Content Area Standards webpage.

Senate Bill 1 (2017) called for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The current schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years thereafter on a rotating basis. The rotation schedule began in summer 2017 by soliciting feedback on English/language arts, mathematics and health/physical education standards. For more information regarding the standards revision process, please visit the Kentucky Academic Standards Revision Process webpage.

Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) Purpose

The Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) Grades Primary-12 help ensure that all students across the commonwealth are focusing on a common set of standards and have opportunities to learn at a high level.

This document provides administrators, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders in local districts with a basis for establishing and/or revising their curricula (for additional guidance, see Kentucky Model Curriculum Framework).

The instructional program should emphasize the development of students' abilities to acquire and apply the standards and assure that appropriate accommodations are made for the diverse populations of students found within Kentucky schools.

This document specifies only the content for the required credits for high school graduation and primary, intermediate, and middle-level programs leading up to these requirements. Schools and school districts are charged with identifying the content for elective courses and designing instructional programs for all areas.

Schools and school districts are also responsible for coordinating curricula across grade levels and among schools within districts.

A coordinated curricular approach ensures that all students have opportunities to experience success with Kentucky's learning goals and academic expectations.

It also provides for a thoughtful continuum of content and skills across grade levels while assuring each student is provided the opportunity to learn what is outlined in the KAS.

The content is based on Kentucky's learning goals, academic expectations, and recommendations from local and national professional organizations, teachers, and administrators.

Learning Goal 1 (Basic Communication and Mathematics Skills) and Goal 2 (Application of Core Concepts) and are cited most often within this document and provide the basic academic skills and content for what Kentucky high school graduates should know as they exit public schools.

However, the skills identified in the other goals are equally important. Goal 5 (Think and Solve Problems) and Goal 6 (Connect and Integrate Knowledge) provide students with strategies for life-long learning and describe skills now considered “21st-century skills.”

Academic expectations within each of these four goals (Goals 1, 2, 5, 6) are embedded throughout the content descriptions in the KAS.

Although it has been decided not to assess Goal 3 (Developing Self-Sufficiency) and Goal 4 (Responsible Group Membership) on a statewide level, Kentucky Board of Education urges all educators, school boards and councils, parents, and students to give continued emphasis to the development of responsible group membership and personal self-sufficiency.

Curriculum Resources

These resources are intended to assist districts with understanding the organization of standards and building curriculum. The Mathematics Standards with Progressions, grades K-HS provides teachers and administrators grade band progressions of the standards, overviews of each grade level with expectations and standards by domain and clusters for each grade level K – 8 and the descriptions of the conceptual categories with standards for high school. The high school sections can be used in conjunction with Appendix A. 

Please email the Standards team if you have any questions.


​Regional Kentucky Academic Standards Meetings 
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is hosting regional meetings for school and district leaders to kick off a new professional learning series. The purpose of the meeting will be to assist districts with planning and the implementation of improved practice and strong instruction around newly revised standards.

The learning will be focused on understanding the revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading/Writing andMathematics, orient participants to initial planning and team structures that need to be in place at the district and school level, and explore the digital platform designed for ongoing professional learning and support. Districts should send the leaders in their system that are most qualified to gather the information and bring it back to the larger team for dissemination and planning.

These sessions will be held in various locations across the state. Click on the date of the session to register for the session of your choice.

The content of these sessions will be made available in video format in April for those who were unable to attend in person.

  • March 7, Henderson – John James Audubon Park
  • March 8, Paducah – Paducah Chamber of Commerce
  • March 11, London – Southeast South-Central (SESC) London
  • March 12, Hopkinsville – James E. Bruce Convention Center
  • March 14, Russell Springs – Russell County Natatorium
  • March 18, Ashland – KEDC Ashland Location
  • March 19, Hindman – Hindman Settlement School
  • March 20, Morehead – Morehead Conference Center
  • March 21, Prestonsburg – Jenny Wiley State Park
  • March 25, Bowling Green – Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
  • March 26, Elizabethtown – Pritchard Community Center
  • March 27, Lexington – Central Kentucky Special Education Cooperative
  • March 28, Fort Thomas - LAUNCH
  • March 29, Shelbyville ­– Ohio Valley Educational Co-Op

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