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KETS Product and Technical Standards

Published: 10/25/2017 12:48 PM

The Kentucky Education Technology Systems (KETS) technology standards enable commonality and consistency among Kentucky's public school districts.  These standards complement KETS initiatives and help ensure system supportability across all districts.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Education Technology works collaboratively with Kentucky's public school district representatives on the Architectural Standards Committee to help develop and maintain these technology standards that benefit and compliment the KETS Network and initiatives.

The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) has technology standards in place to support the overall state technology vision.  These standards are separate from KETS technology standards but are available as guides for districts developing applicable solutions.​​​​​​​


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Statutory Authority and Policy Governing the KETS Master Plan        KETS Product and Technical Standards                       KETS Technical Environment

Architectural Standards Committee                                                KETS Contract Information & Order Forms                  Software Purchasing FAQs

District Leases                                                                             School Construction Technology Checklist Guide          E-Rate Eligible KETS Contracts

Vendor Opportunities                                                                    eMARS Self-Service Portal
Category NameStandardDescriptionApproved ProductsStandard TypeLinksEffective DateReviewedEnd Date
Anti Virus and Malware ProtectionIntel/McAfee ePO

Centralized manged Endpoint protection of network connected devices with AV and Malware prevention

Intel/McAfee ePO

;#State Product Standard;#6/1/20041/24/2018 
Cloud ComputingCommonwealth KITS Cloud Computing Standard

KDE defers to the standard set by the Commonwealth Office of Technology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

​iConstituent’s Signal CRM, CattleMax, Jurisdiction Online. 

All others must submit an Exception request to the ITSC at COT via OET Purchasing agent for consideration.

;#State Technical Standard;#Kentucky Information Technology Standards (KITS)9/16/200911/15/2016 
Computers - Enterprise and Business ClassKETS Instructional Device Standards
Byte Speed
;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#Instructional Device Price Sheets8/25/20151/24/20186/30/2018
Content Management SoftwareSharePoint Online (Office 365)

​KDE has chosen Microsoft’s cloud collaborative suite named Office 365.  Office 365 is a collection of tools for messaging, web-conferencing, document sharing, Office suite of applications and it's contnet management solution SharePoint Online. Content Management Software is software that provides content authoring, content review,approval, tagging, aggregation, continent publishing, delivery, and syndication management. 

SharePoint Online (Office 365)

;#KETS Product Standard;#SHI Microsoft EES and Select Plus Agreement Price Sheet   
Electronic MailE-mail
KETS standard electronic mail systems must be an organizationally owned, enterprise level, and fully inspectable K-12 e-mail solution, approved by KDE. E-mail accounts musts use the state standard domain extension and naming convention. No personal e-mail solutions are permitted.

Office 365 for Education (from Microsoft)


G Suite for Education (from Google)

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#KETS Software Price Sheets8/6/20101/24/2018 
Financial Information SystemMunis

​System which provides financial, payroll and HR, and tax and utility management services.


;#KETS Product Standard;#Financial Management System Contract7/1/20051/24/20186/30/2018
Internet Content Management (Web Filtering)Lightspeed Systems

A KDE provided, District managed appliance and software that allows districts to set Internet usage and access permissions or restrictions based on local policies and practices.

Lightspeed (Software)
Rocket (Appliance)

;#KETS Product Standard;#Lightspeed Contract6/1/2015 6/30/2020
Internet/Intranet Web BrowserInternet Explorer

​KDE suportedInternet browsers:

Microsodt Windows - Microsoft Internet Explorer 

Mac OS/OSX is Safaric OS/OSX - Safari

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;# 1/24/2018 
Operating System (OS)Desktop/Laptop Computer Operating System (OS)

​32bit or 64bit Operating System (OS) with Graphic User Interface for Intel or AMD processor

​Apple OSX or Mac OS
Microsoft Windows

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#KETS Software Price Sheets   
Operating System (OS)Server Operating System (OS)

​For Intel platforms: 32bit or 64bit operating systems

​Windows Server 2016

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#KETS Software Price Sheets 1/24/2018 
PrintersLaser Printers

Hewlett Packard Corp


;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#KETS Laser Printer Price Sheets8/9/20131/24/20186/30/2018
Remote Network Access Virtual Private Network (VPN)

​All remote users must follow the security requirements set forth in this standard for any remote host accessing KETS or KDE resources. All remote users are responsible for following the applicable policies when handling Commonwealth data that has been accessed remotely. Remote access to the Commonwealth’s network should only be achieved by using one of the approved products specified herein.

PDF IconVPN Remote Access to KETS Network

Extreme​ Networks
SDG Blue
;#KETS Technical Standard;#To request remote access, please contact the KDE Service Desk2/15/20091/24/2018 
Sanitization and Disposal of Information Technology Equipment and Electronic MediaIT Equipment and Electronic Media Disposal

​KDE defers to the standard set by the Commonwealth Office of Technology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

 ;#State Technical Standard;#Sanitization of Information Technology Equipment and Electronic Media2/5/200311/1/2005 
ServersWindows Servers

​Must be able to run Windows Server operating system.

Server Minimum Configuration: The minimum configuration of a server should reflect the resource requirements of the application. Initial application resource requirements plus at least one year of growth both in memory and processor capacity should reflect the minimum configuration requirement. Redundant power supplies required.

PDF iconKETS Server Minimum Specifications

​ByteSpeed, Dell, HP, Lenovo,

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#KETS Server Contracts5/9/2015 6/30/2018
Student Information SystemInfinite Campus

​Student Information System for education entities to manage student data

Official Website: Kentucky Student Information System (KSIS)

​Infinite Campus

;#KETS Product Standard;#KSIS Contract12/1/20061/24/201811/30/2022
Student TranscriptseTranscript

Electronic transfer of student transcript between a student’s high school and participating universities

​Kentucky eTranscript

;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#Kentucky eTranscript7/13/2013  
Wireless Local Area Network (WiFi)KETS Wifi Technical Standards

Avaya (Extreme Networks)

Extreme Networks


;#KETS Technical Standard;#KETS Product Standard;#   
Jessica Abbott
Office of Education Technology
Division of School Technology Planning and Project Management
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2020 ext. 2448
Fax (502) 564-1519