Senate Bill 1 (2017) calls for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017-18 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 the summer of 2017 by soliciting feedback on English language arts, mathematics and health/physical education standards.
Advisory Panels (APs)
Advisory panels for each content area will review the standards and
make recommendations for changes to a Standards and Assessment Review
Development Committee. APs 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
Standards Review and Development Committees (RDCs)
The Standards and Assessment Review and Development Committee for
each content area will review findings, including public
comments/feedback 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
Standards and Assessments Process Review Committee (SAPRC)
The Standards and Assessments Process Review Committee (SAPRC) 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 (KBE). The SAPRC will review the process to ensure shareholders had adequate opportunity for input. If the process is found sufficient, the recommendations (without amendment) go to the KBE 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 KBE 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. Existing standards will stay in
place until new standards are approved.